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Relationship of atmospheric ozone profiles to solar magnetic activity


The observed relationship between atmospheric vorticity variations and solar magnetic sector boundary passages is examined for a possible connection via ionization changes affecting ozone distributions. A superposed epoch analysis was performed on Umkehr distributions for 18 years from Arosa, Switzerland, with use of more than 500 solar sector boundary passages as keyday zero. No significant responses are observed in any Umkehr level or in total observed ozone amounts. Further analyses on shorter records for Belsk, Poland, and Hohenpeissenberg, West Germany, corroborate these results. Another analysis for Arosa with about 100 type IV solar flares as keyday zero also shows no definitive trend. It is concluded that ozone distribution changes cannot be the primary causative mechanism for vorticity variations.

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Weinbeck, R.S., Yarger, D.N. Relationship of atmospheric ozone profiles to solar magnetic activity. PAGEOPH 116, 32–43 (1978).

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  • Ozone
  • Solar magnetic activity