SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY                         METEOROLOGY 403         

DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES                                  Fall 2006

                    

Importance of Solenoid Term in Generating

Absolute Circulation in Various Situations

 

Feature or Phenomenon                                  Importance      Reason

                                                                        of Term

 

MACRO AND SYNOPTIC SCALE

 

General circulation                                          Minimal                       Barotropic

Synoptic Scale                                                 Minimal                       Equiv Baro

Occlusions                                                      Minimal                       Equiv Baro

Warm/cold core highs/lows                             Minimal                       Equiv Baro

 

MESOSCALE AND SMALLER SCALES

 

Jet Streaks                                                       Very                            Baroclinic

Active frontal "zones"                         Very                            Baroclinic

Ouflow boundaries                                         Very                            Baroclinic

Mountain/Valley Breezes                                Very                            Baroclinic

Sea/Land Breeze                                              Very                            Baroclinic