March 29, 1999
Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA research has found Atlanta influences its own weather. When trees and foliage are replaced with structures, the structures absorb heat, maintaining higher temperatures into the evening. The higher temperatures create a low air pressure dome, which pulls in cool air. The resulting wind pushes up hot air to trigger thunderstorms.
Atlanta’s urban expansion and its heating effects actually can influence the area’s weather, according to a study led by scientists at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
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