JPL executive summary 11/10/2009

Southerly winds are observed Tuesday with relatively weak amplitude (less than 10 knots). NAM forecast indicates a transition to the Northerly and Northeasterly winds in the next two days with increasing amplitude reaching 20 knots by Thursday. Excellent SST images are obtained on Sunday. No microwave data (TMI+AMSRE) were available Sunday, confirming the important role of the geostationary satellite data in the blending process. SST comparisons consistently suggest a band of warm model bias at the shelf break, probably due to the mislocation of the SST front simulated by these relatively coarse resolution (~4-km) models. The HF radar data on Sunday show a northward flow on the southern shelf, and an offshore flow north of the NY harbor. While the northward flow on the shelf is reproduced by most models, the four models show major differences in simulating the offshore flow on the northern shelf. We have added the UDel glider (ud134) to the glider data vs model comparison. It is interesting to note that the COAWST model has the near perfect agreement with glider temperature on the shelf, but the largest discrepancy in temperature off-shore (~3 deg) and in glider salinity on the shelf (~1 psu).

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