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Sudden Stratospheric Warming happening

According to the twittersphere, there is a significant Stratospheric Warming taking place right now.

http://twitter.com/WSI_Energy/status/534405282420768769/photo/1

Note the white spot north of the Himalayas

ssw

These don't happen too often. Read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudden_stratospheric_warming

Comments

  • 1.

    latest forecast for the SSW, to move over the north pole.

    SSW2

    Comment Source:latest forecast for the SSW, to move over the north pole. ![SSW2](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B21Z3fAIAAAERLR.png)
  • 2.

    Hello Paul & John

    Please give me an input vector that represent this heatmap, I like to write a forecast algorithm for it.

    Thanx

    Dara

    Comment Source:Hello Paul & John Please give me an input vector that represent this heatmap, I like to write a forecast algorithm for it. Thanx Dara
  • 3.

    I don't completely understand the SSW events. To me they are comparable to "escape valve" mechanisms, whereby warmer air is pushed upward into the stratosphere and then moves toward the pole. I don't even know if they are that important to the energy bookkeeping, even though it is easier to radiate energy to space at higher altitudes. They look impressive in terms of a heat gradient, but then again the stratosphere is not very dense so the overall energy change may not be that large.

    Comment Source:I don't completely understand the SSW events. To me they are comparable to "escape valve" mechanisms, whereby warmer air is pushed upward into the stratosphere and then moves toward the pole. I don't even know if they are that important to the energy bookkeeping, even though it is easier to radiate energy to space at higher altitudes. They look impressive in terms of a heat gradient, but then again the stratosphere is not very dense so the overall energy change may not be that large.
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