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Fig. 8

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Top: color contours show the rms of the eddies specific kinetic energy (u′2 + v′2) spatial distribution in the horizontal plane at a pressure level P = 50 mbars for model HighRes (during phase II of the evolution), while arrows display the steady component of the wind for the same time interval. The thick solid line plots the locus of the points where the meridional gradient of total vorticity (planet+flow) vanishes. Bottom: y-profile of the time-averaged zonal velocity (during phase II) at the vicinity of the equator and at pressure level P = 50 mbars for model HighRes (blue crosses) compared with a Bickney jet profile (red line – see text for details). The two vertical arrows mark the location of vanishing meridional gradient of total vorticity.

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