Accession Number : AD0665452

Title :   BIGHT-SIZE FLOW PATTERNS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Schutz,C. ; Rapp,R. R.

Report Date : FEB 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : During the 18 months from March 1966 to August 1967, yachtsmen's wind reports were used, along with regularly received coastal and island reports, to establish three typical streamline patterns over the Southern California bight. Although this was far from a rigorous analysis, it was found that these mesoscale (bight-size) patterns could be correlated with synoptic patterns and associated pressure differences between Los Angeles and Daggett, and Los Angeles and San Francisco. Also, it was determined that the upper flow, at and below 500 mbs, has a direct bearing on the streamlines. It is therefore postulated that through the use of this knowledge and the daily 12- and 24-hour prognostic charts, local changes in the offshore flow can be forecast more definitively by forecasters and yachtsmen alike. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AIR MASS ANALYSIS, CALIFORNIA), BUOYS, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, WEATHER STATIONS, WEATHER FORECASTING, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, MARINE METEOROLOGY, SEA BREEZE, ATMOSPHERIC MOTION, MARINE METEOROLOGY, WIND

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE