Energy transformations associated with the synoptic and planetary scales during the evolution of a blocking anticyclone and an upstream explosively-developing cyclone

P. J. Smith, Tsou Chih-Hua Tsou

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Results indicate that KE, which was about one-half of the total kinetic energy, was maintained by baroclinic conversion of potential to kinetic. Further, as released potential energy was being utilized to generate KE, a portion of the KE was barotropically converted to zonal kinetic energy. These transformations were dominated by the synoptic-scale component, in contrast to the authors' previously-reported height tendency results, which yielded significant contributions from both the synoptic and scale-interaction components. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-260
Number of pages9
JournalTellus, Series A
Volume44 A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Jan 1

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