Atmospheric Pressure and Temperature Changes During the 7 March 1970 Solar Eclipse

R. C. Anderson Dept. of Aerospace, Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville

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Abstract

Air pressure and temperature measurements were made during the 7 March 1970 solar eclipse. A Fourier analysis showed a primary wave with a period of 89 min and an amplitude of 250 μb. Smaller peaks were found with periods of 57, 51, 45, 38, 20.3, 18.2, 15.7 and 12.3 min. The primary wave agreed reasonably well in magnitude and phase with five earlier eclipse measurements dating back as far as 1887. The temperature decreased 3C with a minimum slightly after totality. This occurred under a thick cloud blanket.

Abstract

Air pressure and temperature measurements were made during the 7 March 1970 solar eclipse. A Fourier analysis showed a primary wave with a period of 89 min and an amplitude of 250 μb. Smaller peaks were found with periods of 57, 51, 45, 38, 20.3, 18.2, 15.7 and 12.3 min. The primary wave agreed reasonably well in magnitude and phase with five earlier eclipse measurements dating back as far as 1887. The temperature decreased 3C with a minimum slightly after totality. This occurred under a thick cloud blanket.

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