A case study of the Monterey Bay sea breeze on 25 August 1997
Taylor, Steven M.
Nuss, Wendell A.
Miller, Douglas K.
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On 25 August a controlled burn on the former Fort Ord property raged out of control. The sea breeze was responsible for transporting the acrid smoke into the Salinas Valley. The PSUINCAR mesoscale model, MMS, was run at 4 km grid resolution twice using two different PBL schemes (MRF and Burk-Thompson) and then verified by observations from several local mesoscale networks, including wind profiler data. The MM5 simulation was able to depict the 3-D structure of the sea breeze and differentiate between the local mountain- valley forcing and the large-scale sea breeze forcing. These two individual forcing mechanisms were responsible for an observed double surge in the time series of winds at Fort Ord. Further investigation is needed into the surface parameterization/land use tables to improve the surface forcing.
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