Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 54, Issue 24, pp 4742–4748

Decadal northward shift of the Meiyu belt and the possible cause

Articles/Atmorpheric Science

Abstract

The feature of the decadal movement of the Meiyu belt and their association with East Asia atmospheric circulation for the period of 1979–2007 is examined in this study. It is shown that the Meiyu belt of China has a decadal shift in the late 1990s. There is a remarkable difference between the periods before and after 1999, with the Meiyu belt mainly located to the south of the Yangtze River valley before 1999, but afterward mainly located in the Huaihe River valley. At the same time, a distinctive tropospheric warming and stratospheric cooling trend is found in the mid-latitudes of East Asia, which causes the upper tropospheric pressure surfaces upward bulging and the tropoause elevated in the subtropics and associated widening of the subtropical area over East Asia. Accompanying the subtropics widening, the subtropical westerly jet over East Asia shifts northward and the East Asia tropical Hadley circulation expands poleward, which results in the northward shift of the Meiyu belt.

Keywords

Meiyu widening of the subtropics northward shift of the Meiyu belt 

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© Science in China Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Atmospheric ScienceNanjing University of Information Science and TechnologyNanjingChina
  2. 2.National Climate CenterBeijingChina

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