Some Meteorological, Climatological, and Microclimatological Considerations of the Severe U.S. Heat Wave of Mid-July 1995

Some Meteorological, Climatological, and Microclimatological Considerations of the Severe U.S.... Various aspects of the severe heat wave that affected the midwestern and eastern United States in mid-July 1995 and led to hundreds of heat-related deaths are examined. First, the event is placed in historical context through examination of relatively long records at several affected sites. Next, the origins of both the strong high pressure cell and the unusually large moisture content of the air mass are traced. This is followed by a brief summary that concludes with the suggestion that longer-term processes played minor roles at best in the event. Finally, microclimatic factors in the Chicago metropolitan area are considered for their role in exacerbating conditions in the city most severely affected by the heat wave. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

Some Meteorological, Climatological, and Microclimatological Considerations of the Severe U.S. Heat Wave of Mid-July 1995

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American Meteorological Society
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1520-0477
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10.1175/1520-0477(1996)077<2043:SMCAMC>2.0.CO;2
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Abstract

Various aspects of the severe heat wave that affected the midwestern and eastern United States in mid-July 1995 and led to hundreds of heat-related deaths are examined. First, the event is placed in historical context through examination of relatively long records at several affected sites. Next, the origins of both the strong high pressure cell and the unusually large moisture content of the air mass are traced. This is followed by a brief summary that concludes with the suggestion that longer-term processes played minor roles at best in the event. Finally, microclimatic factors in the Chicago metropolitan area are considered for their role in exacerbating conditions in the city most severely affected by the heat wave.

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Bulletin of the American Meteorological SocietyAmerican Meteorological Society

Published: Sep 15, 1996

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