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Ridiculously Resilient Ridge
« on: November 02, 2017, 08:58:19 PM »
Daniel Swain of weather west fame.

Remote linkages to anomalous winter atmospheric ridging over the northeastern Pacific

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017JD026575/full

"Severe drought in California between 2013 and 2016 has previously been linked to the persistence of atmospheric high atmospheric pressure over the Pacific Ocean (nicknamed the "Ridiculously Resilient Ridge"), which prevented winter storms from reaching the coast over several consecutive years. "
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Re: Ridiculously Resilient Ridge
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 10:13:39 PM »
I couldn't find a separate thread for this, so I'll let it stand. But I've changed the title as separate threads on papers coming out will clog the forum very fast (and the title contained a typo).
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Re: Ridiculously Resilient Ridge
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 08:47:43 AM »
New insights into the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge & North American Winter Dipole

http://weatherwest.com/archives/5982

1) Atmospheric pressure patterns similar to the Triple R are now occurring more frequently than they did in previous decades.

2) The unprecedented magnitude and persistence of recent West Coast ridging can be traced (at least in part) to regionally-accentuated warming of the lower atmosphere.

As is often the case in scientific endeavors, these early findings raised more questions than answers. These lingering questions motivated us to continue our analyses, which resulted in the two new scientific papers discussed below. (And additional work remains in progress.)

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Re: Ridiculously Resilient Ridge
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 01:40:54 PM »
Stefan Rahmstorf is "tweeting" about this topic:

https://twitter.com/rahmstorf/status/938686201065811968

California drought linked to sea ice loss in the Arctic via Rossby waves in the atmosphere.
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Re: Ridiculously Resilient Ridge
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 05:49:52 PM »
California drought linked to sea ice loss in the Arctic via Rossby waves in the atmosphere.
The focus of the forum seems too narrow. Perhaps something about rapid onset of climate change on the exquisitely sensitive western margin of North America with the ocean affected as much as the air. No need to wait for 2020 much less 2100, it's here now.

The Cvijanovic 2017 article is open source, quite readable and light years ahead of weather west (correlation is not causation; see also p-hacking: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_dredging).

There's a LATimes piece about it too. It is a different notion from the J Francis papers, being a two-stage teleconnection from Arctic ice loss to tropical convection to stationary North Pacific geopotential ridge development which blocks Californian and indeed Southwestern precip.

(As in the Southwest summer monsoon was disrupted, it hasn't rained since Aug 3rd and temperatures have averaged 8-20ºF too high since March, attributable to a stationary high over the Great Basin when the NWS dares step out of their daily weather trivia box.)

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-01907-4
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-climate-california-20171205-htmlstory.html
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