Using Sea Surface Height to examine Air-Sea Interaction in the North Atlantic Ocean in Winter
Event: 2015 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting
Session: Science III: Large scale and global change ocean processes: the ocean's role in climate
Presentation type: Type Poster
Contribution: PDF file
There is also evidence for stored heat forcing changes in the atmosphere. Turbulent flux of heat Q out of the ocean is linked to an increase in mid-level (tropospheric) cloud fraction in winter over the Gulf Stream, as well as changes in precipitation. These relationships are consistent with the climatological analysis of atmospheric conditions over the Gulf Stream in winter by Minobe and co-workers. In addition, early summer SSH is correlated with winter cloud cover, giving predictive skill for winter cloud cover over portions of the Eastern seaboard; at the same time, SST does not have this predictive skill. This suggests that the persistence of SSH may be useful seasonal forecasts of along the Eastern Seaboard.