Effects of Urban Heat Island on Season Precipitation Enhancement of Tampa, Florida, USA

Authors: Alison Reynolds*, , Michael Davis, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Coastal and Marine, Urban Geography
Keywords: climate, precipitation, urban heat island, Tampa
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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With increasing temperatures in urban environments, it can be assumed that downtown cores will experience enhanced temperatures from the urban heat island (UHI). As a result of these enhanced temperatures, greater uplift potential could lead to enhanced precipitation rates downwind of large urban areas. The city of Tampa, Florida provides an intriguing case study based on the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the warm temperatures produced by the city. For this study, monthly temperatures, precipitation totals, and wind speeds and directions were collected from the National Center of Environmental Information using a blend of automated surface observation system (ASOS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) co-op data from 2012-2015. Coastal and inland stations reported climate information and were utilized in order to account for sea breeze advection of tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Examination into months of prevailing wind direction and precipitation rates should provide additional insight as to the possible enhancement of precipitation as winds advect over the urban core of Tampa.

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