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dc.contributor.advisorWash, Carlyle H.
dc.contributor.advisorPaduan, Jeffrey D.
dc.contributor.authorFoster, Michael D.
dc.dateDecember 1993
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-26T23:22:48Z
dc.date.available2014-03-26T23:22:48Z
dc.date.issued1993-12
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/39684
dc.description.abstractThe diurnal-period fluctuations of winds and surface currents are analyzed for September 1992 in and around Monterey Bay. Wind records are compared for three coastal stations and two mooring sites. Remotely-sensed surface current observations from two CODAR (HF radar) sites are used to explore the ocean's response to diurnal-period forcing. An average diurnal cycle is formed at each wind station and at all CODAR bins. The earliest sea breeze response is seen at the coastal wind stations where morning winds accelerate toward the coastal mountain ranges. A few hours later, the coastal winds accelerate to the southeast down the Salinas Valley. Offshore afternoon winds rotate from their normal alongshore orientation to also become aligned with the valley. The CODAR-derived surface currents respond in less than the two-hour sampling rate to the onset of the diurnal onshore winds. Currents accelerate in the direction of the Salinas Valley. As the day progresses, the more offshore currents rotate clockwise out from under the winds in a possible Ekman or inertial adjustment that continues throughout the night and spreads onshore. In the afternoon, a complicated eddy pattern develops near shore in a possible response to the coastal boundary.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/evolutionofdiurn1094539684
dc.format.extent100 p.; 28 cm.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleEvolution of diurnal surface winds and surface currents for Monterey Bayen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentMeteorology
dc.contributor.departmentOceanography
dc.subject.authorCODARen_US
dc.subject.authorDiurnal windsen_US
dc.subject.authorHF Surface Current Radaren_US
dc.subject.authorMesoscale circulationsen_US
dc.subject.authorMonterey Bay Circulationen_US
dc.subject.authorSea breezeen_US
dc.subject.authorSurface currentsen_US
dc.subject.authorTermally-induced circulationsen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Meteorologyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Physical Oceanographyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineMeteorologyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplinePhysical Oceanographyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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