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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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Textbook Problem

Which two pressure systems are used to establish the NAO phases?

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The two pressure systems that are used in establishing the NAO phases.

Explanation

NAO is the acronym for North Atlantic Oscillation. It is a relationship between the Azores High and the Icelandic Low. The strength of the westerly winds and the direction of storm tracks across the North Atlantic are controlled by the east-to-west seesaw motion of the Icelandic Low and the Azores High.

Two types of NAO phases are recognized. They are positive NAO phase and negative NAO phase. A positive NAO phase can be identified by a pressure that is higher than average in the Azores High and lower than average in Icelandic Low...

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