Science news archive

« Back

Strong small storms more common than assumed in the Southern Ocean

Strong small storms more common than assumed in the Southern Ocean

In the Southern Ocean, small storms with a diameter of less than 1,000km may intensify and become destructive, even similar to hurricanes. However, forecasting these storms is difficult. A recent study used a high-resolution weather model to survey the occurrence and locations of polar lows and explosive cyclones in the Southern Ocean.

More information:

Tutkimusprofessori Petteri Uotila, petteri.uotila@fmi.fi, tel. +358 50 361 0587

Pezza, A., Sadler, K., Uotila, P., Vihma, T., Mesquita, M. D. S., and Reid P. (2016) Southern Hemisphere strong polar mesoscale cyclones in high-resolution datasets, Climate Dynamics, 47: 1647, doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2925-2.

 

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00382-015-2925-2


Research

The Finnish Meteorological Institute is a leading expert in meteorology, air quality, climate change, earth observation, marine and arctic research areas. FMI is in a unique position to study various themes of climate change in the Northern context.

 

High-quality observational data and research is utilized to develop services to benefit our everyday life. Visible examples are improvement of weather forecasts, development of new expert and warning services as well as applications of the newest research results.