A case study diagnosis of Cyclogenesis over the Black Sea

Document Type : Original Research Article


Faculty member, Iranian national institute for oceanography and atmospheric science


In this study, cyclogenesis was investigated over the Black Sea from synoptic-dynamic view. While the Black Sea has an important role in precipitation of northwest of Iran, a system that is formed over the Black Sea was selected and it affected Iran on 14th and 15th March 2009 (40 mm precipitation has occurred in some stations). Using archived data of NCEP / NCAR, absolute and thermal vorticity advection in 500hPa level and potential vorticity at 325 degrees Kelvin level were calculated. Within the development process the cutoff low was formed over the Black Sea and the difference between directions of the upper-level cutoff low at 250hPa level and surface low represents a strong baroclinicity which in turn supports cyclogenesis. The results show that the absolute and thermal vorticity advection in mid-level and potential vorticity anomaly has a fundamental role in creating cyclogenesis. In such a way that the absolute vorticity advection gets 15 times larger (about ), and cyclogenesis occurs when the mid-level trough axis is altered from northeast-southwest direction to northwest-southeast direction, and the polar jet will be combined with a subtropical jet. Also, a strong dependence of the cyclogenesis in initial stages occurs when a large upper level Potential Vorticity (PV) anomaly advected into a region where there is a meridional potential temperature gradient at low-level.


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