Modeled large-scale warming impacts on summer California coastal-cooling trends

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[1] Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) meso-meteorological model simulations with a horizontal grid resolution of 4 km on an inner grid over the South Coast Air Basin of California were used to investigate effects from long-term (i.e., past 35 years) large-scale warming impacts on coastal flows. Comparison of present- and past-climate simulations showed significant increases in summer daytime sea breeze activity by up to 1.5 m s−1 (in the onshore component) and a concurrent coastal cooling of average-daily peak temperatures of up to −1.6°C, both of which support observations that the latter is an indirect “reverse reaction” to the large-scale warming of inland areas.

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