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Carl M. Boettger

The weather over the eastern two-thirds of the United States was monitored, and air pollution potential forecasts were made and disseminated to affected cities. The experiment allowed for air sampling under a variety of synoptic patterns, and the results strengthen the validity of the previously developed criteria as indicators of prolonged periods of two or more days of high air pollution. Other considerations are indicated for the prediction of isolated days (not prolonged periods) of high pollution.

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During the period of the Nashville Community Air Pollution Study, the Weather Bureau at Nashville, Tenn., forecasted air pollution to be one of three levels for the following day. The forecast method was most reliable during the winter season when pollution ranges were high. Discrimination of air pollution levels can undoubtedly be improved through experience and further studies, and the method is general enough to be used at other locales.

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