Articles | Volume 1, issue 1
Weather Clim. Dynam., 1, 277–292, 2020
Weather Clim. Dynam., 1, 277–292, 2020

Research article 15 Jun 2020

Research article | 15 Jun 2020

Northern Hemisphere blocking simulation in current climate models: evaluating progress from the Climate Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 to 6 and sensitivity to resolution

Reinhard Schiemann et al.

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In blocking situations the westerly atmospheric flow in the midlatitudes is blocked by near-stationary high-pressure systems. Blocking can be associated with extremes such as cold spells and heat waves. Climate models are known to underestimate blocking occurrence. Here, we assess the latest generation of models and find improvements in simulated blocking, partly due to increases in model resolution. These new models are therefore more suitable for studying climate extremes related to blocking.