Our hypothesis was correct. After analyzing the data and graphs, we could tell that with the Gulf Stream, the rate of Frontogenesis is much higher. Also, if the temperatures are roughly the same and the distance is smaller, then the rate of Frontogenesis is also higher. This is because you have the same change in heating, but are dividing it by a lower number, therefore getting a higher answer. Since the rate of Frontogenesis is higher with the Gulf Stream, coastal fronts form more quickly off the coast of North Carolina than they would without the Gulf Stream. Since coastal fronts affect North Carolina’s weather and can create frozen precipitation, having the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina increases the chance of this kind of weather for the whole state. Another thing that we noticed was that the air temperature over land is inversely related to the rate of Frontogenesis, so as one goes up, the other goes down. This is because a higher air temperature will result in a lower change in heating, and therefore a lower rate of Frontogenesis.


Intro Question & Hypothesis Frontogenesis Procedure Results Conclusions Credits References