Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

, Volume 126, Issue 3–4, pp 105–117 | Cite as

Rapid development of arctic cyclone in June 2008 simulated by the cloud resolving global model NICAM

  • Takuro AizawaEmail author
  • H. L. Tanaka
  • Masaki Satoh
Original Paper


In this study, we conducted a numerical simulation of a rapid development of an arctic cyclone (AC) that appeared in June 2008 using a cloud resolving global model, Nonhydrostatic ICosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM). We investigated the three dimensional structure and intensification mechanism of the simulated AC that developed to the minimum sea level pressure of 971 hPa in the model. According to the result, the AC indicates a barotropic structure with a warm core in the lower stratosphere and a cold core in the troposphere. The development of the AC is accompanied by an intense mesoscale cyclone (MC) showing baroclinic structure with a marked local arctic front. The upper level warm core of the AC is formed by an adiabatic heating associated with the downdraft in the lower stratosphere. The rapid development of the AC is caused by the combination of the intensification of the upper level warm core and the merging with the baroclinically growing MC in the lower level. The merging of the AC and MC and the vertical vortex coupling with the upper air polar vortex are the most important mechanisms for the rapid development of the arctic cyclone.


Cyclone Arctic Ocean Potential Vorticity Lower Stratosphere Vertical Wind Shear 
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This study was partly supported by the GRENE Arctic Climate Change Research Project. Our colleague Mr. Akio Yamagami and Mr. Shinji Takahashi provided this study with thankful information. This research was conducted as a part of the joint works of the general circulation laboratory at the Center for Computational Sciences of the University of Tsukuba.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Center for Computational SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Atmosphere and Ocean Research InstituteUniversity of TokyoKashiwaJapan

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