Accession Number : AD0709066

Title :   CORRELATION OF SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE WITH CLOUD PATTERNS OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA DURING THE UPWELLING SEASON.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Gerst,Anthony Leo

Report Date : OCT 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 122

Abstract : The possibility of a correlation between sea surface temperature (SST) and cloud patterns was investigated using cloud photos from the satellites NIMBUS II (1967) and ESSA VI (1968). Five types of correlation were found to exist: the correlation between stratus and the California Current amd upwelling areas in a warm air mass, between clearing and the California Current and upwelling areas in a cold air mass, between stratus and the upwelling areas under favorable conditions, between frontal clouds and warm tongues of surface water, and between vortices and cold tongues of surface water. A sixth type correlation was found between the surface isobaric pattern and the orientation of cold and warm tongues of surface water. Finally, the divergence of the surface isobars was found not to correlate with the stratus pattern. An awareness of the physical conditions off the coast was vital to seeing and understanding these correlations. A model SST analysis, using the six types of correlation observed, represented the actual SST analysis significantly better than the historical SST analysis. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN WAVES, MOTION), (*MARINE METEOROLOGY, CLOUDS), METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, AIR MASS ANALYSIS, VORTICES, OCEAN CURRENTS, COASTAL REGIONS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, STRATUS CLOUDS, THESES, CALIFORNIA, NAVAL RESEARCH

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE