CR 05:131-137 (1995)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr005131

A Hawaiian mountain climate cross-section

Nullet D, Juvik JO, Wall A

This study analyzes 2 yr of surface climatological measurements at 6 sites forming a windward/leeward mountain cross-section on Hawai'i Island. Sites range in elevation from sea level to 2600 m and include wet, windward and dry, leeward slopes below the trade wind temperature inversion and a high elevation site located in the cool, dry air above the inversion. Climate contrasts between sites are emphasized using monthly average values. Data for the 670 m elevation leeward site represent some of the first climatological measurements of a unique leeward transition zone between areas of summer and winter rainfall maxima.


Hawaii · Mountain · Climate


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