Solitary waves have been observed in shallow water. In the present paper some evidence is presented for the existence of similar phenomena in the atmosphere. A possible mechanism for the formation of atmospheric solitary waves is described, and a case study is discussed in support of this mechanism. Some speculations are made about some possible effects of these disturbances on the local weather.

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1 The research reported in this paper has been sponsored by the Geophysics Research Directorate, Air Force Research Center, under Contract AF 19(604)-1006.