17th Conference on Air Sea Interaction
Ninth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes


Analysis of the western shore Chesapeake Bay bay-breeze

Todd D. Sikora, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, PA; and G. S. Young and M. J. Bettwy

Hourly surface data observations were employed to identify days on which bay-breezes occurred along the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. The data were from the warm season of a five-year period (March through September, 2001 through 2005). Bay-breezes tend to have limited inland penetration and bay-breeze days peak in June and August. Bay-breeze days are shown to usually occur under conditions of weaker zonal flow and stronger thermal contrast compared to non-bay-breeze days. A traditional index based on the above-mentioned variables was evaluated for prediction of bay-breeze days and was found to be only modestly reliable, with a tendency to over-predict the number of bay-breeze days. Discussion is devoted to the theoretical improvement of the index. Finally, recommendations for future work are provided, focusing on potential methods for testing the revised index on a bay-breeze dataset.

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Joint Poster Session 2, Posters: Air-Sea Interaction / Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes
Tuesday, 28 September 2010, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, ABC Pre-Function

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