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An unexpected disruption of the atmospheric quasi-biennial oscillation

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One of the most repeatable phenomena seen in the atmosphere, the quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) between prevailing eastward and westward wind-jets in the equatorial stratosphere (~16-50 km altitude), was unexpectedly disrupted in February 2016. An unprecedented westward jet formed within the eastward phase in the lower stratosphere and cannot be accounted for by the standard QBO paradigm based on vertical momentum transport. Instead the primary cause was waves transporting momentum from the...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1126/science.aah4156

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Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean & Planet Physics
Butchart, N More by this author
Knight, JR More by this author
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Publisher:
American Association for the Advancement of Science Publisher's website
Journal:
Science Journal website
Volume:
353
Issue:
6306
Pages:
1424-1427
Publication date:
2016-09-08
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EISSN:
1095-9203
ISSN:
0036-8075
Pubs id:
pubs:642552
URN:
uri:9aa5361b-1f2f-47e8-acb2-f9139e69f85f
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uuid:9aa5361b-1f2f-47e8-acb2-f9139e69f85f
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pubs:642552
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English
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