Open Access Digital Repository of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India

Influence of extratropical sea-surface temperature on the Indian summer monsoon: an unexplored source of seasonal predictability

Chattopadhyay, R and Phani, R and Sabeerali, CT and Dhakate, AR and Salunke, KD and Mahapatra, S and Rao, SA and Goswami, BN (2015) Influence of extratropical sea-surface temperature on the Indian summer monsoon: an unexplored source of seasonal predictability. Quarterly Journal of Royal Meteorological Society, 141 (692). pp. 2760-2775.

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


Based on extensive analysis of observations and a series of climate model experiments, here we establish that slow variations of northern hemispheric extratropical sea-surface temperature (SST) anomalies can augment seasonal predictability of the south Asian monsoon. The SST conditions and performance of the south Asian monsoon during 2013 boreal summer months (June–September) led us to hypothesize that the strong extratropical SST anomalies in the North Pacific and North Atlantic in conjunction with weak tropical SST anomalies (weak La Niña) were responsible for the above-normal rainfall over India during 2013. We also argue that the 2013 SST pattern and above-normal monsoon condition are not unique but occurred on several occasions in the past. Further, we show that there is a complementary pattern of strong extratropical SST and weak tropical SST that is associated with below-normal south Asian monsoon rainfall. We also show that the extratropical SST pattern in the Northern Hemisphere is associated with a low-frequency interdecadal mode of variability indicating potential predictability associated with such extratropical SST forcing. Extensive experiments with an atmospheric general circulation model forced by such SST conditions elucidate the mechanism through which the extratropical SSTs influence the Indian monsoon. The SST anomalies affect the north–south temperature gradient and lead to a local displacement of the jet stream, setting up a quasi-stationary wave. Such a stationary wave, in turn, affects the tropospheric temperature (TT) over southern Eurasia, influencing the north–south TT gradient in the region and thereby the Indian monsoon. Our discovery of this additional source of potential predictability together with the fact that the new-generation coupled ocean–atmosphere models are capable of predicting the extratropical SST anomalies brightens the prospect of south Asian monsoon prediction.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Royal Meteorological Society
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2019 08:50
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 08:50

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item