Revisiting the Influence of the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation on Tropical Cyclone Activity

Camargo, Suzana J.; Sobel, Adam H.

The statistical relationship between the quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) and tropical cyclone (TC) activity is explored, with a focus on the North Atlantic. Although there is a statistically significant relationship between the QBO and TCs in the Atlantic from the 1950s to the 1980s, as found by previous studies, that relationship is no longer present in later years. Several possibilities for this change are explored, including the interaction with ENSO, volcanoes, QBO decadal variability, and interactions with solar forcing. None provides a completely satisfying explanation. In the other basins, the relationship is weaker than in the Atlantic, even in the early record.



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Journal of Climate

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Academic Units
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
American Meteorological Society
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June 2, 2015