Evolution of Low-level Flow Patterns in Littoral Regions When Extratropical Marine Cyclones Encounter Coastal Mountains
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF METEOROLOGY
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The long term goal of this project is to understand the interaction of slightly different large scale flows interaction with complex coastal topography to produce both regions of enhanced and diminished near surface winds. The objectives of this study are to utilize mesoscale and enhanced synoptic scale observations from the California Land-falling Jets Experiment CALJET to define the mesoscale wind fields in complex coastal topography. These mesoscale wind fields will be related to critical parameters in the incident flow to determine when sheltering and enhancement of local winds occurs. The ability of mesoscale models to capture this interaction will also be examined.