The temperature and ozone volume mixing ratio (VMR) profiles measured by the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) on ENVISAT are used to study the unusual Antarctic major stratospheric warming of 2002. The observed zonal mean temperatures show rapid poleward increase and remarkable reversal of the latitudinal gradients at 35 km or below in several days. The highest temperature increase is of 50 K or more. The zonal mean ozone VMRs also increase poleward and have maximum values…
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