Momentum flux of stratospheric gravity waves generated by Typhoon Ewiniar (2006)

So Young Kim, Hye Yeong Chun

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The momentum flux of stratospheric gravity waves generated by Typhoon Ewiniar (2006) is examined using a Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. In the stratosphere, zonal momentum flux with a positive sign by eastward-propagating waves is significant during the northward moving of the typhoon, while both zonal and meridional momentum fluxes with positive signs are significant during the typhoon decaying stage in which the typhoon moves northeastward. The magnitude of the momentum flux is greater during the mature stage of the typhoon than the decaying stage, and the phase speeds of the dominant momentum flux are less than 30 ms-1 with apeak at 10-16ms-1. Positive momentum flux decreases with height overall in the stratosphere for both zonal and meridional components. The resultant gravity-wave drag forcing plays a role to decelerate the easterly background wind in the stratosphere. This drag forcing is relatively large above z = 40 km and below z = 20 km, and lower stratospheric wave drag is expected to affect the typhoon dynamics by modifying the background wind shear and inducing the secondary circulation in the troposphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May 1


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  • Atmospheric Science

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