Introduction & Disclosure
My name is Randall Gates Simpson. There is no PhD after my name and I am not a PhD climate scientist. I don't consider myself a traditional "expert" on the subject of SSW's because of my lack of official credentials. I do however think I probably know quite a bit more on the subject than the average person might. I work as a television producer by day, and as a hobby, study climate
and weather on my nights and weekends and have for over 30 years.
In addition to the subject of anthropogenic climate change, I first became interested in SSW's a few years back when it became increasingly apparent to me the extreme effects that SSW's can have on Northern Hemisphere winter weather. It wasn't just their extreme effects that interested me, but rather, the fact that their specific causes were still a bit of a mystery-- and I've always loved a good mystery. Isn't that what is (or should be) at the heart and soul of any good scientist?
In this post I reveal what I think is an original synthesis that gives the full picture of some of the main causes and effects of Northern Hemisphere Sudden Stratospheric Warming events based on my readings of many other papers along with hours of my own original research. For research material I relied heavily on the use of the amazing amount of satellite derived reanalysis data as well as ground based observations. I am heavily indebted to organizations such as NASA, NCAR and NOAA for the data they have made available at my fingertips through the web.
My research took me "virtually" to the other side of the world from where I live in Colorado, to discover some of the causes of SSW events. My research has also relied on men and women scientists who have physically travelled to extremely remote and desolate locations to gather data that I have relied on to create this synthesis. I hope perhaps one day to travel myself to these remote places to see first hand what I feel are the true birthplaces of Sudden Stratospheric Warming events.