Characteristics of temperature depressions associated with snow cover across the northeast United States

D. J. Leathers, A. W. Ellis, D. A. Robinson

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Abstract

Daily maximum and minimum temperatures are stratified by 15-day periods and further by the presence or absence of a snow cover. It is found that for snow covers of 2.5 cm or greater, depressions of daily maximum and minimum temperature average approximately 6° and 5°C, respectively. Relatively large variations in the temperature depressions are observed across space, whereas smaller variability is found across the snow cover season. Potential geographic "forcing' mechanisms are evaluated. The results indicate that large sensible and, in some cases, latent heat fluxes form the lower atmosphere to the snowpack account for much of the observed temperature depressions. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-390
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Meteorology
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science

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