Mid-latitude Cyclones - Introduction

  • "The Perfect Storm"

  • Important for global heat transport

  • They also redistribute/reduce energy in the atmosphere

  • Often are significant weather producers

  • First studied extensively by a group of scientists from Bergen, Norway (Vilhelm and Jakob Bjerknes, Halvor Solberg, and Tor Bergeron)

  • They developed the Polar Front Theory for the formation and evolution of mid-latitude cyclones shortly after WWI.