(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Characterizing the north pacific jet stream for understanding historical variability in western United States winter precipitation

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ELLIS A.W. (1) ; BARTON N.P. (2) ;
(1) Dep. of Geography, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Lawrence National Lab., California, Livermore, ETATS-UNIS


The AA. examined historical winter-season relationships among precipitation across the western United States, the northern Pacific jet stream (NPJ) across the northern Pacific Ocean basin, and the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon to determine if the NPJ significantly adds to the existing ENSO-based understanding of inter-annual variability in precipitation. The results indicate that the NPJ is significantly related to winter precipitation across a much larger area of the western United States than the ENSO signal. For areas where the ENSO signal is significantly related to precipitation, there generally exists a stronger or more consistent NPJ-precipitation relationship. The results indicate that there is value in considering seasonal jet stream characteristics as independent variables, along with climate teleconnections, when considering seasonal precipitation variability in regions where large-scale jet stream dynamics are influential


Article of periodic

published at : Physical geography / ISSN 0272-3646

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1980)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 33, no2 [pp. 105-128]

Bibliographic references : 31 ref.

Collation : 11 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 20106

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.2747/0272-3646.33.2.105

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