Jet Stream Formation - Subtropical Jet

Subtropical Jet:

  • Forms on pole ward side of Hadley cell

  • created largely through conservation of angular momentum angular_mom_schem.free.gif (9711 bytes)

Other Jet Streams:

  • Low-level Jet over Central Plains of US

  • Polar Stratospheric Night Jet

QUESTION FOR THOUGHT:

What are the primary differences between the polar and subtropical jets?

jets_cons_ang_mom.gif (116492 bytes)image from Meteorology Today by C. Donald Ahrens  1994 West Publishing Company