The characteristics of the wintertime 500hPa height surface, the level of non-divergence and used for identifying/observing synoptic-scale features (ridges and troughs), and their impact on precipitation are of significance to forecasters, natural resource managers and planners across the southwestern United States. For this study, I evaluated the location of the 500hPa mean Pacific ridge axis over the winter for the period of 1948/49 to 2011/12 and derived the mean ridge axis in terms of location (longitude) and intensity (geopotential meters) from the NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis dataset.
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- Atmospheric science
- Precipitation (Meteorology)--Southwest, New.
- Precipitation (Meteorology)
- Ocean-atmosphere interaction--Southwest, New.
- Ocean-atmosphere interaction
- Partial requirement for: M.A., Arizona State University, 2013Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 137-155)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Geography