Prepared by Evon P. Ruzecki

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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The geographic area covered in this report extends from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on the north, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the·south. Included within this area are portions of the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia. All or portions of thirty coastal counties are included within the study area.

Estuaries in this area tend to be partially mixed due to relatively low runoff per mile of coast. The proximity of the Gulf Stream to the continental shelf and the low runoff combine to cause the salinity of the coastal water to be somewhat higher than that of the coastal water north of Cape Hatteras. Surface isotherms parallel the coast and temperatures generally increase seaward. Maximum horizontal gradients and minimum vertical gradients of temperature are usually found during winter.


Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Climatology Chapter 3. Winds Chapter 4. Air Temperature Chapter 5. Precipitation Chapter 6. Relative Humidity, Visibility at Sea, Occurrence of Fog and Severe weather Events, Cape Hatteras to Cape Canaveral Chapter 7. Concluding Remarks


Atlantic Coast (U.S.), Oceanography -- Atlantic Coast (U.S.), Natural resources -- Atlantic Coast (U.S)

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For the Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Department of Interior