The Madden-Julian Oscillation and extratropical cyclogenesis

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014: 1:30 PM
Room C114 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Charles Jones, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA

The Madden–Julian Oscillation (MJO) has a significant role in weather and climate variability. The MJO significantly influences the occurrence of heavy precipitation around the globe. Since the MJO involves intense tropical convective heating anomalies, tropical–extratropical interactions are significant during its life cycle. Consequently, the MJO interacts with the large-scale circulation in the extratropics of both hemispheres. This study uses NCEP CFSR reanalysis from 1979-2010 and a tracking algorithm to detect the formation of extratropical cyclones. Events of MJO are identified with filtered outgoing longwave radiation (OLR) and zonal winds at 850-hPa and 200-hPa anomalies. The presentation will discuss the statistics of extratropical cyclones and relationships with the life cycle of the MJO.