IJG  Vol.4 No.8 , October 2013
Northward Heat Flux in Midwest Summers
Author(s) Kern E. Kenyon*

Watching the winds in northwest Iowa during more than 30 summers has led me to two conclusions about the local atmosphere at ground level: there is a net northward transport of heat and water taking place throughout the summer; warm humid winds from the south continually alternate with cool dry winds from the north. The proposed northward heat transfer is consistent with the constraint, placed on the motions of the oceans and the atmosphere, of the earth’s heat balance due to the increased absorption of solar radiation at low latitudes compared to that at high latitudes. At mid-latitudes in the interior of continents, like North America, it is the job of the atmosphere alone to constantly help satisfy the global heat balance. Although qualitative in nature, the predicted northward heat flux is strongly based on frequent observations over lengthy time intervals.

Cite this paper
K. Kenyon, "Northward Heat Flux in Midwest Summers," International Journal of Geosciences, Vol. 4 No. 8, 2013, pp. 1117-1119. doi: 10.4236/ijg.2013.48105.
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