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Effect Of Sudden Stratospheric Warmingon Lunar Tidal Modulation Of The Equatorial Electrojet, J. Park, H. Luhr, M. Kunze, Bela G. Fejer, K. W. Min Mar 2012

Effect Of Sudden Stratospheric Warmingon Lunar Tidal Modulation Of The Equatorial Electrojet, J. Park, H. Luhr, M. Kunze, Bela G. Fejer, K. W. Min

Bela G. Fejer

[1] Using the equatorial electrojet (EEJ) peak current intensity as deduced from CHAMP magnetic observations from the years 2001 through 2009, we investigated the relationship between sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) and lunitidal signatures in the tropical ionosphere. There is a practically one-to-one correspondence between midwinter SSW periods and the strongest 13 day modulation of the EEJ strength as observed by CHAMP. That is, all the midwinter SSW periods from December 2001 to August 2009 were accompanied by an enhanced 13 day modulation of the EEJ strength. No other geophysical phenomenon brought about as strong a 13 day modulation as those ...