OzoneFebruary1981lorez

Any can compare the featured image of ozone concentrations adapted from the cited NASA source to this map below of Evaporation minus Precipitation and the flow lines from UCAR:

EP&streamlinesFebruary1981_lorez

Both are for the full atmosphere (above and below the oft cited stratosphere as an ozone-favored elevation) over the month of February 1981.  I chose this month and year initially because it is currently the featured month at the NASA Ozone archive.

Note as usual that the lower the EP value, the darker the contour and the higher the resulting atmospheric moisture (disregarding clouds which are condensed moisture).

There appear to be a number of intriguing correlations between the two maps.  To mention only a few:

  • The Polar jet stream is coincident with EP and with Ozone.
  • Within that polar jet stream zonal band, the greater the relative concentration of atmospheric moisture, the lower the relative Ozone concentration.
  • The Equatorial Trough is typically associated with high atmospheric moisture, and in this sample, it is also largely associated with low Ozone concentrations.
  • Within the middle latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere, localities of lower relative atmospheric moisture appear to correlate with regions of higher relative Ozone concentration.

I’ve hardly begun to develop comparisons but this is an interesting start.  It appears to reinforce my past arguments regarding the ozone layer and atmospheric upwelled ocean halides.  I’ll add to this post soon.