Moist convection as an energy source for the large-scale motions in Jupiter's atmosphere

Abstract

Jupiter's dominant large-scale weather patterns (dimensions ∼10,000 km) are zonal jets and long-lived ovals. The jets have been flowing east and west at constant speeds of up to 180 m s-1 for over 100 years. These jets receive energy from small-scale eddies, which pump eastward momentum into the eastward jets and westward momentum into the westward jets… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/35001021

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