Accession Number : AD0415181

Title :   THE DYNAMIC STRATOSPHERE,

Corporate Author : ARMY ELECTRONICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE N MEX

Personal Author(s) : Webb,Willis L.

Report Date : AUG 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Ourknowledge of the kinetic and thermal structure of the upper atmosphere has expanded rapidly with the advent of synoptic observations in the stratosphere by the Meteorological Rocket Network. Over 2000 profiles of stratospheric wind structure plus numerous temperature and density soundings have been accumulated during the past five years. Analysis of the data has revealed the stratosphere to be an active region, with a welldeveloped westerly flow of strong variable winds during the winter portion of the year and quite steady moderate easterly winds during the summer season. The reversals appear to originate at high altitudes and work downward. The thermal structure shows much detail, with a warm lower and a cold upper stratosphere the rule in the polar winter. Great detail is observed in the structure of the stratosphere, and more frequent observation will be required before a complete picture can be assimilated. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*STRATOSPHERE, ATMOSPHERIC MOTION), ATMOSPHERIC MOTION, WIND, TEMPERATURE

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE