Surface Thermodynamic Properties in the Vicinity of Sea Breezes in Mississippi

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 5:00 PM
130 (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Loren D. White, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

A vehicular observing platform is used to make the first known mobile transects through Gulf of Mexico sea breeze fronts. Measurements were made of temperature and humidity at 10-second intervals along a transect of about 200 km inland from Gulfport, Mississippi in summer of 2014. The transects intersected the sea breeze front approximately an hour before the influence of developing thunderstorms locally. The temperature and humidity measurements are interpreted in relation to cloud photography and visible satellite imagery. Comparisons are made with previous sea breeze descriptions from field campaigns and modeling studies.