CLOUD PATTERNS: PART 1: SOME ASPECTS OF THE ORGANIZATION OF CLOUD PATTERNS

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Abstract

The organization of convective clouds into streets and bands as observed in cloud study field trips, in plots of radar echoes, and in pictures taken by TIROS satellites and high-flying aircraft is described, and some of the physical factors affecting the cloud patterns are discussed. The need for more observational data and for better understanding of atmospheric energetics and dynamics in order to forecast cloud patterns is emphasized.

Abstract

The organization of convective clouds into streets and bands as observed in cloud study field trips, in plots of radar echoes, and in pictures taken by TIROS satellites and high-flying aircraft is described, and some of the physical factors affecting the cloud patterns are discussed. The need for more observational data and for better understanding of atmospheric energetics and dynamics in order to forecast cloud patterns is emphasized.

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