Numerical experiments on the genesis of Sharav cyclones: idealized simulations

J. Egger, P. Alpert, A. Tafferner, B. Ziv

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A three-level channel flow model is used to investigate the generation of Sharav cyclones in the lee of the Atlas mountains through "idealized' numerical experimentation. A typical initial state consists of a barotropic high-low system, embedded in baroclinic shear flow and centered to the north of the Atlas Mountains. The upper-level trough intensifies slightly when crossing the mountain range and induces then a low-level cyclone in the lee. The trough turns eastward later on and the new cyclone stays close to this upper-level centre. A simple two-dimensional three-layer model is used to explain salient features of this type of lee cyclogenesis. Moreover, additional experiments are conducted in order to elucidate details of the cyclogenetic process. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-174
Number of pages13
JournalTellus, Series A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography
Volume47 A
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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