Climatology of the semidiurnal tide at 52-56°N from ground-based radar wind measurements 1985-1995

Ch Jacobi, Yu I. Portnyagin, T. V. Solovjova, P. Hoffmann, W. Singer, A. N. Fahrutdinova, R. A. Ishmuratov, A. G. Beard, N. J. Mitchell, H. G. Muller, R. Schminder, D. Kürschner, A. H. Manson, C. E. Meek

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Long-term wind measurements carried out at 6 northern midlatitude sites (Saskatoon, Sheffield, Juliusruh, Collm, Obninsk, Kazan) are investigated to establish a climatology of the semidiurnal tide in the mesopause region for the narrow latitudinal range between 52°N and 56°N. Comparison of zonal and meridional components shows that in general the horizontal components are circularly polarized. Intercomparison of amplitudes and phases generally shows good agreement between the results from the different measuring systems. The results are compared with an empirical model of the semidiurnal tide. The longitudinal variation of the semidiurnal tide is small in summer, but the tidal amplitudes in winter are larger at Saskatoon and Kazan, compared with the results from the other sites. The possible influence of wave-tidal interaction in the stratosphere on the interannual variability of this difference is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-991
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science


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