Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 37–47

Global structure of the Madden-Julian Oscillations during two recent contrasting summer monsoon seasons over India


  • A. D. Vernekar
    • Department of MeteorologyUniversity of Maryland
  • V. Thapliyal
    • India Meteorological Department
  • R. H. Kripalani
    • Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
  • S. V. Singh
    • Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
  • B. Kirtman
    • Department of MeteorologyUniversity of Maryland

DOI: 10.1007/BF01025751

Cite this article as:
Vernekar, A.D., Thapliyal, V., Kripalani, R.H. et al. Meteorl. Atmos. Phys. (1993) 52: 37. doi:10.1007/BF01025751


The global nature of the Madden-Julian Oscillations (MJOs) have been investigated by applying a frequency filter to daily data for the summer monsoon months (June to September) during two contrasting years—1987, a deficient monsoon year and 1988, an excess monsoon year. Several meteorological parameters at five levels in the troposphere have been examined. Regions with large amplitude of these oscillations are isolated for each year. The results indicate that the global spatial distribution of these oscillations is more in a deficient year than in an excess year, in particular over the Indian subcontinent and the EI Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) regions. The principal modes of variability during these two years have been investigated through Empirical Orthogonal Functions (EOFs). The first two eigenmodes of 850 hPa zonal wind explain nearly 50% of the variance. The dipole type of structure between the Indian and the Pacific region is more apparent in 1987 than in 1988. Time-longitude cross sections of the filtered zonal wind over the equatorial regions clearly show that eastward propagation is detected in 1987, but is virtually absent in 1988. It is also seen that the 30–60 day filtered winds are stronger during the monsoon of 1987 than in 1988.

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