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On the Determination of 500 mb Height Tendencies

Lawrence A. HughesU. S. Weather Bureau, Chicago, Illinois

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The methods for computing “instantaneous” upper-level pressure or height tendencies are revised to allow computation of the 500 mb height tendency using the observed surface (or sea-level) pressure tendency and an appropriate portion of the 1000–500 mb thickness advection. An evaluation is made as to what constitutes an appropriate portion of the thickness advection. Use of the method is discussed and an example is given.

The methods for computing “instantaneous” upper-level pressure or height tendencies are revised to allow computation of the 500 mb height tendency using the observed surface (or sea-level) pressure tendency and an appropriate portion of the 1000–500 mb thickness advection. An evaluation is made as to what constitutes an appropriate portion of the thickness advection. Use of the method is discussed and an example is given.

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