A preliminary back-trajectory and air mass climatology for the shenandoah valley

Robert E. Davis, Luke Sitka, David Hondula, Stephen Gawtry, David Knight, Temple Lee, Philip J. Stenger

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Abstract

Although trajectory analyses are commonly used in air quality studies, synoptic climatological techniques, which rely more on thermal/moisture properties of air masses than on wind fields, have also been successfully applied. We merge these two approaches in the development of a preliminary winter climatology for Roanoke, Virginia. The Spatial Synoptic Classification (SSC) is used to determine daily air mass type at Roanoke, and 72-hour back-trajectories from the HYSPLIT model are examined for consistency with the air mass on the terminal day. The dynamic variability of trajectories is largely consistent with the air mass characteristics. Future research will expand the spatial domain, include all seasons, and incorporate various air quality variables into the analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication87th AMS Annual Meeting
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event87th AMS Annual Meeting - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jan 14 2007Jan 18 2007

Other

Other87th AMS Annual Meeting
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period1/14/071/18/07

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Climatology
air mass
climatology
trajectory
Trajectories
valley
Air
Air quality
air quality
wind field
Moisture
moisture
winter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Davis, R. E., Sitka, L., Hondula, D., Gawtry, S., Knight, D., Lee, T., & Stenger, P. J. (2007). A preliminary back-trajectory and air mass climatology for the shenandoah valley. In 87th AMS Annual Meeting

A preliminary back-trajectory and air mass climatology for the shenandoah valley. / Davis, Robert E.; Sitka, Luke; Hondula, David; Gawtry, Stephen; Knight, David; Lee, Temple; Stenger, Philip J.

87th AMS Annual Meeting. 2007.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Davis, RE, Sitka, L, Hondula, D, Gawtry, S, Knight, D, Lee, T & Stenger, PJ 2007, A preliminary back-trajectory and air mass climatology for the shenandoah valley. in 87th AMS Annual Meeting. 87th AMS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, United States, 1/14/07.
Davis RE, Sitka L, Hondula D, Gawtry S, Knight D, Lee T et al. A preliminary back-trajectory and air mass climatology for the shenandoah valley. In 87th AMS Annual Meeting. 2007
Davis, Robert E. ; Sitka, Luke ; Hondula, David ; Gawtry, Stephen ; Knight, David ; Lee, Temple ; Stenger, Philip J. / A preliminary back-trajectory and air mass climatology for the shenandoah valley. 87th AMS Annual Meeting. 2007.
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