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The Holton and Tan relationship in a 150-year simulation with WACCM4

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Thursday, 27 January 2011: 1:30 PM
The Holton and Tan relationship in a 150-year simulation with WACCM4
3B (Washington State Convention Center)
Natalia Calvo, NCAR, Boulder, CO; and D. R. Marsh

As part of the CMIP5 activity, a 150-year transient simulation from 1850 to present has been run with the latest version of the Whole Atmospheric Community Climate Model, WACCM4, coupled to a deep ocean model. In this simulation, tropical winds are relaxed to the observed Quasi Biennial Oscillation (QBO).

During the Northern Hemisphere winter months, the observed strengthening of the polar vortex during the westerly phase of the QBO and the weakening during the easterly phase (as described by Holton and Tan) are reproduced in the model. The extratropical QBO signal has been analyzed with and without stratification by phase of the 11-year solar cycle. We show that the Holton Tan relationship can reverse during solar maximum compared to solar minimum conditions in the 1950-2000 period, in good agreement with the observational record. However, the analysis of the longer 1850-2000 period does not show such a modulation and instead, the Holton Tan relationship stands independently of the phase of the 11-year solar cycle.