ANALYSIS OF SATELLITE INFRARED RADIATION MEASUREMENTS ON A SYNOPTIC SCALE

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  • 1 Air Weather Service
  • 2 University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
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Abstract

Long-wave radiation loss maps, based on Explorer VII measurements of terrestrial radiation at night, are analyzed and compared with composite nephanalyses and frontal analyses. Results indicate a definite relationship between the radiation centers and their corresponding surface low and high pressure centers, their locations, 24-hour intensifications and movements, and the conformity of these movements to the 500-mb. geostrophic flow. Some of the potential applications to analysis and forecasting are noted.

Present address Air Weather Service Member, Meteorological Satellite Laboratory, U.S. Weather Bureau, Washington 25, D.C.

Abstract

Long-wave radiation loss maps, based on Explorer VII measurements of terrestrial radiation at night, are analyzed and compared with composite nephanalyses and frontal analyses. Results indicate a definite relationship between the radiation centers and their corresponding surface low and high pressure centers, their locations, 24-hour intensifications and movements, and the conformity of these movements to the 500-mb. geostrophic flow. Some of the potential applications to analysis and forecasting are noted.

Present address Air Weather Service Member, Meteorological Satellite Laboratory, U.S. Weather Bureau, Washington 25, D.C.

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