Accession Number : ADA311201

Title :   Shelf Circulation in the Gulf of Mexico.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA CENTER FOR COASTAL STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Velasco, Guillermo G. ; Winant, Clinton D.

PDF Url : ADA311201

Report Date : 03 JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : Meteorological observations from an array of stations deployed along the periphery of the Gulf of Mexico between 1990 and 1993, are used to describe the seasonal fluctuations in patterns of atmospheric variables from a contemporary set of measurements. Seasonal maps of wind stress based on these measurements resemble wind stress maps based on ship observations, as published by Elliot (1979), rather than maps based on analyses of numerical weather forecasts, as published by Rhodes et a. (1989), particularly near the western boundary of the Gulf. Seasonal maps of wind stress curl are characterized by positive curls over the western and southwestern Gulf. The central result of this study is to document the important role of the mountain chain which extends along the southwestern section of the Gulf in channeling the wind towards the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Descriptors :   *WEATHER FORECASTING, *MARINE METEOROLOGY, *MEXICO GULF, OCEAN CURRENTS, WIND, ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE, TIME SERIES ANALYSIS, METEOROLOGICAL DATA, MARINE ATMOSPHERES, SEASONAL VARIATIONS, TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS, WIND DIRECTION, WIND VELOCITY, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, MARINE CLIMATOLOGY, AIR WATER INTERACTIONS, WEATHER STATIONS, HEAT FLUX, WIND STRESS, AIR MASSES, FRONTS(METEOROLOGY).

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE