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Aircraft, Spacecraft, Satellite and Radar Observations of Hurricane Gladys, 1968

R. Cecil GentryNational Hurricane Research Laboratory, NOAA, Coral Gable, Fla.

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Robert C. SheetsNational Hurricane Research Laboratory, NOAA, Coral Gables, Fla.

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Abstract

Hurricane Gladys, 17 October 1968, is studied with data collected by Aollo 7 manned spacecraft, ESSA's especially instrumented aircraft, weather search radar, the ATS-III and ESSA 7 satellites, and conventional weather networks. This is the feast time data from all of these observing tools have been used to study the structure and dynamics of a hurricane. Techniques used in computing and integrating the various types of data are described and illustrated.

A dominant feature of this immature hurricane was a large cloud which provided a major link between the low- and high-level circulations of the storm. Evidence is presented to suggest this type of cloud and its attendant circulation are features representative of tropical cyclones passing from the tropical storm to the hurricane stage.

Abstract

Hurricane Gladys, 17 October 1968, is studied with data collected by Aollo 7 manned spacecraft, ESSA's especially instrumented aircraft, weather search radar, the ATS-III and ESSA 7 satellites, and conventional weather networks. This is the feast time data from all of these observing tools have been used to study the structure and dynamics of a hurricane. Techniques used in computing and integrating the various types of data are described and illustrated.

A dominant feature of this immature hurricane was a large cloud which provided a major link between the low- and high-level circulations of the storm. Evidence is presented to suggest this type of cloud and its attendant circulation are features representative of tropical cyclones passing from the tropical storm to the hurricane stage.

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