Accession Number : AD0787437

Title :   A synthesis of the Elements of Random-Ship Synoptic Reports to Derive Climatological Marine-Fog Frequencies.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Englebretson,Ronald Earl

Report Date : SEP 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : Published climatologies of marine-fog frequencies are in disagreement for common areas, although the nature and magnitude of errors are difficult to assess since actual frequencies for specific locations may be derived only from observations at Ocean Stations. This study presents a method of synthesizing the elements of surface-ship synoptic reports into a computerized scheme for the purpose of deriving frequencies of marine fog occurrence. The program, based on a liberal interpretation of reporting guidelines in the Synoptic Code Manual, uses 16 combinations of present and past weather, and visibility, to identify fog in the reports. The program then objectively assigns the duration of fog for the three- or six-hour period represented by the synoptic report. A prototype climatology of marine-fog occurrence is derived for July, over the eastern North Pacific Ocean. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Fog, *Marine meteorology, *Weather forecasting, North Pacific Ocean, Climate, Seasonal variations, Diurnal variations, Visibility, Weather stations, Theses, Mathematical models, Computer programming, Data processing, Sea states

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE