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Utah State University

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2009

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Quiet Variability Of Equatorial E × B Drifts During A Sudden Stratospheric Warning Event, J. L. Chau, Bela G. Fejer, L. P. Goncharenko Mar 2009

Quiet Variability Of Equatorial E × B Drifts During A Sudden Stratospheric Warning Event, J. L. Chau, Bela G. Fejer, L. P. Goncharenko

Bela G. Fejer

[1] We present strong evidence that during the January 2008 minor sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event, the equatorial vertical E × B drifts exhibit a unique and distinctive daytime pattern. We do not think one event causes the other, however both events might be related through the global effects of planetary waves. The drifts were measured by the Jicamarca Incoherent scatter radar located under the magnetic equator. We have observed an anomalous temporal variation of the vertical E × B drifts during the minor SSW event, showing a semidiurnal variation with very large amplitudes lasting for several days. Large differences in the ...


Climatology Of Early Night Equatorial Spread F Over Jicamarca, N. P. Chapagain, Bela G. Fejer Jan 2009

Climatology Of Early Night Equatorial Spread F Over Jicamarca, N. P. Chapagain, Bela G. Fejer

Bela G. Fejer

[1] We use radar observations from 1996 to 2006 to study the climatology of postsunset equatorial 3-m spread F irregularities over Jicamarca during all seasons. We show that the spread F onset times do not change with solar flux and that their onset heights, which occur near the altitude of the evening F region velocity vortex, increase linearly from about 260 to 400 km from solar minimum to solar maximum. Higher onset heights generally lead to stronger radar echoes. During the equinox, spread F onset occurs near vertical drift evening reversal times, while during the December solstice, they occur near ...