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Satellite Regional Cloud Climatology over the Great Lakes
AbstractThirty-one years of imager data from polar orbiting satellites are composited to produce a satellite climate data set of cloud amount for the Great Lakes region. A trend analysis indicates a slight decreasing trend in cloud cover over the region during this time period. The trend is significant and largest (~2% per decade) over the water bodies. A strong seasonal cycle of cloud cover is observed over both land and water surfaces. Winter cloud amounts are greater over the water bodies than land due to heat and moisture flux into the atmosphere. Late spring through early autumn cloud amounts are lower over the water bodies than land due to stabilization of the boundary layer by relatively cooler lake waters. The influence of the lakes on cloud cover also extends beyond their shores, affecting cloud cover and properties far down wind. Cloud amount composited by wind direction demonstrate that the increasing cloud amounts downwind of the lakes is greatest during autumn and winter. Cold air flows over relatively warm lakes in autumn and winter generate wind parallel convective cloud bands. The cloud properties of these wind parallel cloud bands over the lakes during winter are presented.
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Ackerman, S.A.; Heidinger, A.; Foster, M.J.; Maddux, B. Satellite Regional Cloud Climatology over the Great Lakes. Remote Sens. 2013, 5, 6223-6240.View more citation formats
Ackerman SA, Heidinger A, Foster MJ, Maddux B. Satellite Regional Cloud Climatology over the Great Lakes. Remote Sensing. 2013; 5(12):6223-6240.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ackerman, Steven A.; Heidinger, Andrew; Foster, Michael J.; Maddux, Brent. 2013. "Satellite Regional Cloud Climatology over the Great Lakes." Remote Sens. 5, no. 12: 6223-6240.