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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.

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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.




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