What is it about?
This article examines the occurrence and impact of Central American cold surge outbreaks, known as Nortes, in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). The study analyzes weather reports and in situ observations over a 15-year period to understand Nortes' characteristics and environmental effects. The research identifies the main drivers of these events, categorizes them into different types based on their impact, and investigates their influence on wind stress, wave activity, sea level, surface currents, air temperature, and humidity in the GoM. The findings provide valuable insights into the dynamics and consequences of Nortes on the marine ecosystem.
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Why is it important?
Understanding the occurrence and impact of Central American cold surges (Nortes) in the Gulf of Mexico is crucial for various reasons. Firstly, Nortes are significant climate features of the region, and their effects on the marine ecosystem are essential to comprehend. By studying their characteristics and environmental consequences, scientists and researchers can gain insights into the complex interactions between atmospheric and oceanic processes in the Gulf of Mexico. This knowledge aids in enhancing weather forecasting models, coastal management strategies, and ecological assessments. Additionally, Nortes impact various sectors, such as fishing, shipping, tourism, and coastal communities, making it vital to understand their patterns and potential implications for socioeconomic activities.
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This page is a summary of: Oceanic and atmospheric impact of central American cold surges (
) in the Gulf of Mexico, International Journal of Climatology, September 2020, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/joc.6779.
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