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Winter AWOC Microclimates Page

As part of IC 4.3, you have the opportunity to write a quick (one or two page) description of a microclimate in your CWA and describe why this microclimate is important to your forecasts. This exercise should be a “quick and dirty” write-up. If you spend more than an hour or two on this exercise, your scope may be too broad or too detailed. You don't need to do original ground-breaking research--just document what you have already learned from your experience in dealing with the weather in your CWA. You may learn that your subject has been documented in the literature, if so, reference the literature in standard AMS style format. Likewise, you may have a smart tool that you use to forecast the occurrence of the microclimate oriented weather event. Be sure to document your smart tool as well. Should you choose to document a microclimate, you may choose to work as sole author, or include your colleagues as multiple authors.

Below are microclimate write-ups that have been submitted so far:

Austin, San Antonio, TX:

  1. The Austin Bergstrom Low Temperature Forecast, Amanda Fanning 2010
  2. Terrain influences of the Del Rio wind forecast, Christopher Morris 2010
  3. The Balcones Escarpment, Jon Zeitler 2010

Billings, MT

  1. The microclimate of the Ekalaka/Ekalaka Hills region, Sean Campbell 2011

Binghamton, NY:

  1. Finger Lakes Lake-Effect Snow Belt, Evans 2007

Birmingham, AL:

  1. The microclimate of the Hamilton, Alabama climatological observation site, Kevin Pence 2010
  2. Inter-comparison of the microclimate between the Pinson and Birmingham, Alabama observing sites, Kevin Laws 2010

Charleston, WV:

  1. Strong radiational cooling in the Tygart Valley, Tim Axford 2012

Cheyenne, WY:

  1. Gap winds in southeast Wyoming, Chris Hammer 2012

Davenport, IA:

  1. Wapsipinicon Valley radiational cooling effect, Chris Legro 2010
  2. Muscatine, IA heat island, Tim Gross 2012

Des Moines, IA:

  1. The Nishnabotna and other Central Iowa River Valleys, Steinbugl 2008
  2. The Des Moines metro heat island, John Hinsberger 2010
  3. Impact of surface conditions on blizzards, John Beitlich 2012
  4. Man-made snow over northern Des Moines, Kevin Deitsch 2012

Eureka, CA:

  1. Fickle Hill/Maple Creek Valley snowfall microclimate of northern California, Matt Bloemer, EYW 2011
  2. East of Berry Summit on Highway 299 - Microclimate, Ryan Aylward 2012

Fairbanks, AK:

  1. Tanana Valley Jet - example 2007
  2. Late Spring to mid-summer easterly waves over the Central and Eastern interior - example 2007
  3. Urban effects on ice fog at temperatures 40 below or lower, Matt Kidwell 2010
  4. Wind enhancement in the Tanana Valley drainages under a high pressure regime, Scotty Berg 2010
  5. The effect of easterly winds on ceiling heights at Unalakleet, AK during the winter months, Stephen Kearney 2010
  6. Chinook winds through Alaska Range passes, Julie Malingowski 2012

Glasgow, MT:

  1. Low-level Inversion in the Milk River Valley, Zeltwanger2010

Grand Junction, CO:

  1. Uncompahgre Gorge winter storms, Megan Schwitzer 2010
  2. Grand Valley storm of 8 - 9 December 2009 and valley inversions, Tom Renwick 2010
  3. Steamboat Valley and Park Range upslope snowstorms, Matthew Aleksa 2011

Indianapolis, IN

  1. Fog development at Bloomington, IN (KBMG), Adam Baker 2012

Juneau, AK:

  1. Gap flow and Taku wind events over downtown Juneau and South Douglas, Peter Boyd 2010
  2. Chilkat river valley, Haines highway cold air damming, Edward Liske 2010
  3. Mendenhall Valley temperatures and precipitation type, Christopher Cox 2010
  4. The Lynn Canal wind regime, Rick Fritsch 2011
  5. Snowfall relatioship between Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau Airport, and Juneau Forecast Office, Richard Lam 2012

Key West, FL:

  1. Cumulus Cloud Lines in the Florida Keys, Paul Fuentes and Wes Hovorka 2010

Little Rock, AR:

  1. Dominant easterly surface winds in the Arkansas River Valley
    near Fort Smith and Russellville, Arkansas
    , Kevin Scharfenberg (OCWWS) 2010
  2. Temperature trends along the Ozark Mountain range in northwestern Arkansas, Matthew Clay 2012

Louisville, KY:

  1. The urban heat island at LMK, Ryan Sharp 2010

Marquette, MI

  1. Microclimates with respect to upslope and lake effect snow in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Justin Titus 2012
  2. The microclimate of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Megan Babich 2012

Memphis, TN

  1. Tennessee River Valley fog near Savannah, TN, Ryan Husted 2012
  2. Microclimates of the Mid-South: Mississippi Delta effects on daily temperature, Danny Gant 2012

Midland, TX:

  1. Microclimate of the Chisos Mountains - A desert oasis, Michelle Schuldt 2011
  2. The effects of elevation, wind direction, and time of year on temperatures at three airports in west Texas, Kurt Kotenberg 2012

Missoula, MT:

  1. Microclimate of the Clearwater Valley around Seeley Lake, MT, Jessica Nolte 2011

Mt. Holly, NJ:

  1. The Microclimate of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, Greg Heavener 2011

Northern Indiana:

  1. Lake effect snow at IWX, Sara Weisser 2010
  2. Elevation-induced cold pocket around Spencer, IN, Marc Dahmer 2011

Upton, NY

  1. Overview of radiational cooling at KFOK, Ashley Sears 2012
  2. OKX's "spring fog", Lauren Nash 2012

Paducah, KY:

  1. Kentucky and Barkley Lakes Microclimate, Noles 2007

Puerto Rico:

  1. Sea Breeze and orographic lifting in Western Puerto Rico, Jose J. Alamo 2011

Rapid City, SD:

  1. Upslope snow along the Pine Ridge of South Dakota, Darren Van Cleave 2011
  2. Wind flow reversal around the Black Hills of South Dakota, Katie Ewy 2012

Raleigh-Durham, NC:

  1. Guidance on forecasting orographic cirrus events east of the southern Appalachian Mountains, Ryan Ellis 2012

Sioux Falls, SD:

  1. Downslope winds along the Buffalo Ridge, Jennifer Laflin 2011

Sterling, VA:

  1. Two airports, one city: Documenting the microclimates of D.C., Marybeth Gerhardt (HPC) 2010
  2. The Washington D.C./National Airport heat island, M. Sean Ryan (HPC) 2011

Salt Lake City, UT:

  1. Snowfall disparity along the Wasatch Front based on flow direction, Nanette Hosenfeld 2010

Seattle, WA:

  1. The Olympic Shadow Zone, Cushmeer 2007

Springfield, MO:

  1. Wind funneling at Springfield, MO due to the Ozark Plateau, Andy Boxell, 2011

St. Louis, MO:

  1. Local fog considerations at Spirit of St. Louis airport, Laura Kanofsky 2010

Tucson, AZ:

  1. Tucson to Phoenix I-10 dust corridors, Raymond Mcleod, 2012

Wichita, KS:

  1. Fog and temperature considerations at Hutchinson, KS ASOS, Jerilyn Billings 2010
  2. The Cowskin Creek and its effects on the city of Wichita, Stephanie Dunten (ICT) 2011

Wilmington, NC:

  1. Extreme radiational cooling differences due to soil type, Erik Heden (BGM) 2010

Wilmington, OH

  1. Cold season low temperature forecast considerations for Central Ohio, Michael Kurz 2012
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