Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Dr. John Cassano

Second Advisor

Dr. William Travis

Third Advisor

Dr. Holly Barnard


It is well known that there are often drastic temperature variations within very short distances. Although the locations of these fluctuations can generally be predicted by analyzing factors such as topography and wind velocity, there are some cases where there are exceptional changes in temperature without an obvious reason. Understanding the causes behind these extreme temperature variations will help improve weather predictions that may ultimately influence important components of society such as agriculture and transportation. The Boulder Valley is an ideal location for the study of microscale temperature fluctuations due to its unique topography and spatial variation in terrain. This research will examine the several possible factors that influence large temperature variations over short distances. This will be tested by using a weather station that is mounted on a bike to record temperature variation within the Boulder Valley.