Synoptic circulation and stream discharge in the Great Lakes basin, USA

R. V. Rohli, A. J. Vega, M. R. Binkley, S. D. Britton, H. E. Heckman, J. M. Jenkins, Y. Ono, D. E. Sheeler

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Impacts on water resources caused by human activity, natural climate variation and long-term climate change are unclear in the US Great Lakes region. Improved understanding of the impact of atmospheric circulation on stream discharge variability into the Lakes is thus important. In this analysis, monthly surface and mid-tropospheric circulation patterns suggest that surface pressure variations over Missouri and Illinois are most strongly correlated to discharge. The mid-tropospheric patterns most directly related to discharge place the Great Lakes in a trough-to-ridge flow pattern. The analysis confirms that at this scale, lee shore advection resulting in 'lake-effect' precipitation is not very important to regional discharge, and neither are variations in the Pacific-North American teleconnection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-385
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Geography
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Atmospheric circulation variability
  • Great Lakes
  • Precipitation
  • Stream discharge


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