Asymmetries in vertical vorticity and vertical velocity arising during nonlinear homogeneous spindown
Benthuysen, Jessica A.
Thomas, Leif N.
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During the spindown of a uni-directional, geostrophic current in a homogeneous fluid, asymmetry arises in the vertical velocity and vertical relative vorticity fields. A closed-form, time-dependent solution valid to order Rossby number is derived to explore these asymmetries. Momentum advection in the interior and the Ekman layer leads to competing tendencies in the vertical vorticity’s evolution. In the interior, momentum advection hastens spindown in cyclonic regions. In the Ekman layer, momentum advection weakens Ekman pumping over Ekman suction and thus tends to slow the spindown of cyclonic vorticity. It is shown that the former effect dominates, and hence cyclonic vorticity decays faster than anticyclonic vorticity.
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