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Title: Los Alamos Climatology 2016 Update

Abstract

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL or the Laboratory) operates a meteorology monitoring network to support LANL emergency response, engineering designs, environmental compliance, environmental assessments, safety evaluations, weather forecasting, environmental monitoring, research programs, and environmental restoration. Weather data has been collected in Los Alamos since 1910. Bowen (1990) provided climate statistics (temperature and precipitation) for the 1961– 1990 averaging period, and included other analyses (e.g., wind and relative humidity) based on the available station locations and time periods. This report provides an update to the 1990 publication Los Alamos Climatology (Bowen 1990).

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1343690
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-21060
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Earth Sciences

Citation Formats

Bruggeman, David Alan. Los Alamos Climatology 2016 Update. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1343690.
Bruggeman, David Alan. Los Alamos Climatology 2016 Update. United States. doi:10.2172/1343690.
Bruggeman, David Alan. Fri . "Los Alamos Climatology 2016 Update". United States. doi:10.2172/1343690. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1343690.
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