(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

The August 2007 heat wave in North Carolina : meteorological factors and local variability

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FUHRMANN C.M. (1) ; KONRAD C.E. (1) ; KOVACH M.M. (1) ; PERKINS D.J. (1) ;
(1) Southeast Regional Climate Center, Dep. Geography, Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, ETATS-UNIS


A critical aspect of the August 2007 heat wave was the observed variability in heat and humidity across the different geographic regions of North Carolina. The highest maximum temperatures occurred most frequently in the Piedmont and Sandhills regions, while minimum temperatures were exceptionally high along the coast. The broad-scale pattern of heat can be tied to adiabatic warming associated with subsidence downstream of a persistent upper-level ridge centered over the Mississippi River Valley. Regional to local variations in the heat and humidity across North Carolina are linked to upwind sensible heat fluxes associated with major soil moisture deficits, adiabatic warming connected with downsloping winds off the Appalachian Mountains, and the depth of the mixing layer. Along the coast, the pattern of heat and humidity was tied to the positioning of a mesoscale thermal trough and the presence and strength of the sea-breeze circulation


Article of periodic

published at : Physical geography / ISSN 0272-3646

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1980)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 32, no3 [pp. 217-240]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 14 fig., 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 20106

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