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Fog on the Central California Coast for 1973, Analysis of Trends
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Surface visibility data for selected stations on the central California coast in 1973 are analyzed. Radiosonde data from Oakland for the same period are used to derive meteorological indices. The year is divided into fog- related seasons, summer and winter, based on fog occurrence on the coast and the seasonal and daily fluctuations of the indices are examined. A fog development model for the summer is formulated and compared to actual fog cases. In the winter, with far fewer coastal fog observations, the frequent occurrence of frontal passages prevents a standard development model from being formulated and compared. Four Oakland soundings are compared with four radiosondes taken at NPS Monterey, and the Oakland Soundings are found to closely approximate coastal conditions on these days.
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