Unbearable heat in Korea, Japan? Here's what Chinese researcher blames it on


Studies showed that South Korea and Japan's southern-central region are frequently affected by the insane increase in temperature. Climatologists examined the large-scale air circulation leading to the concurrent extreme heat over these regions to find out what causes such extreme temperature.

The first author of this recently published research paper, Ke Xu, who is postdoc working with Prof Riyu Lu and Prof. Jiangyu Mao in the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that a deep anomalous anticyclone over East Asia is responsible for this increased heat that includes "anomalous subsidence and consequent higher surface temperature."

As per Xu, the anomalous anticyclone triggers by the wave trains, originating from the upstream regions. The findings showed that these wave trains can be categorized into two types, which are "indicative to the occurrence of EH over South Korea and southern-central Japan."

The researchers also found that the distinction between these two types of wave train is modulated by the Asian westerly jet, which can determine "the horizontal structure of the Rossby wave in terms of spatial scale and geographical distribution."

Researchers believe that this study, published in the Journal of Climate, points outthe unique characteristics of the circulation which is responsible for extreme heat in South Korea and southern-central Japan.

Extreme Heat over South Korea and Japan
Concurrent extreme heat over South Korea and southern-central Japan. Ruidan Chen

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