Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
Weather Clim. Dynam., 3, 251–278, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-3-251-2022
Weather Clim. Dynam., 3, 251–278, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-3-251-2022

Research article 10 Mar 2022

Research article | 10 Mar 2022

Characteristics of long-track tropopause polar vortices

Matthew T. Bray and Steven M. Cavallo

Data sets

The ERA-Interim reanalysis: Configuration and performance of the data assimilation system (https://apps.ecmwf.int/datasets/) D. P. Dee, S. M. Uppala, A. J. Simmons, P. Berrisford, P. Poli, S. Kobayashi, and P. Bechtold https://doi.org/10.1002/qj.828

Model code and software

TPVTrack (v1.0.2) N. Szapiro, S. Cavallo, and B. Langenbrunner https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1490222

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Short summary
Tropopause polar vortices (TPVs) are a high-latitude atmospheric phenomenon that impact weather inside and outside of polar regions. Using a set of long-lived TPVs to gain insight into the conditions that are most supportive of TPV survival, we describe patterns of vortex formation and movement. In addition, we analyze the characteristics of these TPVs and how they vary by season. These results help us to better understand TPVs which, in turn, may improve forecasts of related weather events.