Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Weather Clim. Dynam., 3, 483–504, 2022
Weather Clim. Dynam., 3, 483–504, 2022
Research article
11 Apr 2022
Research article | 11 Apr 2022

A global climatology of polar lows investigated for local differences and wind-shear environments

Patrick Johannes Stoll

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Polar lows are small but intense cyclones and constitute one of the major natural hazards in the polar regions. To be aware of when and where polar lows occur, this study maps polar lows globally by utilizing new atmospheric datasets. Polar lows develop in all marine areas adjacent to sea ice or cold landmasses, mainly in the winter half year. The highest frequency appears in the Nordic Seas. Further, it is found that polar lows are rather similar in the different ocean sub-basins.