Spinup of macroturbulent general circulation from axisymmetric state. Upper panel: zonal-mean zonal wind. Lower left panel: instantaneous surface temperature. Lower right panel: zonal-mean surface temperature. Planetary parameters are Earth's, except for the rotation rate, which is four times Earth's (hence, the eddies are smaller than for the Earth-like case).
Produced by Tim Merlis (2009).
Reference: Schneider, T., 2006: The general circulation of the atmosphere. Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 34, 655–688.