Mean (top) and anomalous (bottom) 200-hPa stream function
for the last 10 days. Contour interval in top panel is 10 x 106
m2s-1. The non-divergent component of the
flow is directed along the contours with speed proportional to the gradient. Thus,
high (low) stream function corresponds to high (low) geopotential height in the Northern
Hemisphere and to low (high) geopotential height in the Southern Hemisphere.
Anomalies are departures from the 1971-2000 daily base period means.