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The Extent of Antarctic Involvement in 'Cold Outbreaks' Over Southern Australia
Entry ID: ASAC_697

Abstract: The data set derived from this project consists of the extraction of unusually cold days at Melbourne and Perth. (The basic source was the Bureau of Meteorology daily data records.) Another part of the data set is the points along the trajectories taken by the air to reach the cities as cold events.

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Cold air outbreaks, characterised by unseasonably ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -30.0   S: -90.0   E: 155.0   W: 62.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Simmonds, I.
Dataset Title: The Extent of Antarctic Involvement in 'Cold Outbreaks' Over Southern Australia
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1972-01-01
Stop Date: 1991-06-30
Quality One of the referenced papers also provides some quality assertions (letter to the editor).

From the referenced paper (...origin and characteristics of cold air outbreaks...):

In this paper we perform trajectory analyses for all the cold outbreaks to determine the origin of the air. The accuracy of derived trajectories is often determined by the spatial and temporal ... View entire text
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Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
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Distribution Size: 6.2 MB
Distribution Format: pdf
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University of Melbourne
School of Earth Sciences
Province or State: Victoria
Postal Code: 3052
Country: Australia
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Perrin, G., and I. Simmonds (1995), The origin and characteristics of cold air outbreaks over Melbourne, Australian Meteorological Magazine, 44, 41-59
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-07-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24