The mesoscale impact of Oklahoma's winter wheat belt

Renee A. McPherson, David Jonathan Stensrud, Kenneth C. Crawford

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The impact of Oklahoma's winter wheat belt on the near-surface temperature and moisture fields, both during the period when winter wheat was growing and during the period after harvest, is discussed. At the mesoscale, the differences in surface fluxes over vegetation and over dry, bare soil can result in differential heating that generates a sea breeze-like circulation. Vegetation breeze and other inland breeze circulations can have an appreciable effect on the formation of shallow cumulus clouds. Numerical simulations denote that these circulations can provide preferred regions for focusing atmospheric instabilities and initiating convective development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4465-4478
Number of pages14
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004
EventCombined Preprints: 84th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting - Seattle, WA., United States
Duration: Jan 11 2004Jan 15 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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