Climatology of persistent deep stable layers in Utah's Salt Lake Valley, USA
- 1Department of Geography, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan USA
- 2USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Abstract. The characteristics of winter season persistent deep stable layers (PDSLs) over Utah's Salt Lake Valley are examined using 30-year twice daily rawinsonde soundings. The results highlight the basic climatological characteristics of the PDSLs, including the strengths of the inversion, the frequency of the occurrence, and the duration of the events. The data analyses also reveal linear trend, interannual variability, as well as the relationship between the interannual variability of PDSLs and the variability of large-scale circulations. Finally, the study investigates the large-scale atmosphere conditions accompanying the formation and destruction of the PDSL episodes.