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The role of cyclone clustering during the stormy winter of 2013/2014

Matthew Priestley; Joaquim G. Pinto;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2017 Journal: Weather, volume 72, pages 187-192 (issn: 0043-1656, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
The winter season of 2013/2014 was the stormiest on record for the British Isles. In this article we show that there was an unprecedented amount of cyclone clustering during this season, corresponding to an average of one intense cyclone affecting the country every 2.5 days. An intensely clustered period from 6 to 13 February 2014 that was associated with one specific cyclone family is analysed in detail. This cyclone family is shown to be associated with a strong and straight upper level jet that is flanked by Rossby wave breaking on both its northern and southern sides for the duration of the clustering event. This mechanism is also identified for other period...
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