Accession Number : AD0616351

Title :   OPERATIONAL USE OF TIROS RADIATION MEASUREMENTS.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. for 16 Mar 64-15 Mar 65,

Corporate Author : ARACON GEOPHYSICS CO CONCORD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Sherr,Paul E. ; Wexler,Raymond

Report Date : APR 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : TIROS radiation data are shown to be of significant operational value if they can be made available in realtime. Operational features include: (1) Recognition of synoptic weather patterns which may lead to better analysis over data sparse areas. Long banded patterns of fronts and hook shaped patterns associated with midtropospheric systems are prominent features which may readily be observed. (2) In the mesoscale, the radiation patterns indicate the existence of middle and high cloudiness which may be related to frontal lifting or vorticity and thermal advection. Finer detail such as short waves may be identified. (3) A marked increase in the cloud system size or heights indicate probable intensification of a cyclonic system. A general increase of cold areas may show a tendency toward more meridianal flow in the mid-troposphere. The integrated analysis of the pictures, Channel 2 and 3 observations provide advantages which include better interpretation and insights into the character and growth stage of cyclonic disturbances. TIROS photographs, Channels 2 and 3 measurements clearly show the mesoscale features of a thunderstorm complex over Florida such as regions of active growth, anvil blowoff and probable rain areas, as corroborated by radar observations. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA, METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES), (*METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES, METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA), RADIOMETERS, METEOROLOGICAL RADAR, WEATHER FORECASTING, OPERATIONS RESEARCH

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE