Accession Number : AD0670933

Title :   STRATOSPHERIC CIRCULATION RESPONSE TO A SOLAR ECLIPSE,

Corporate Author : ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES LAB WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE N MEX

Personal Author(s) : Ballard,Harold N. ; Randhawa,Jagir S. ; Webb,Willis L.

Report Date : MAR 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : Late in 1965 the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued an invitation to United States scientists interested in the study of the 12 November 1966 solar eclipse to prepare experiment proposals so that NSF could provide effective coordination of the total eclipse study effort. The very important diurnal temperature variations associated with atmospheric tidal motions which were discovered in 1964 through use of sensitive synoptic rocket systems had raised questions relative to the response of the stratopause to perturbations of shorter period than the diurnal variations. A proposal was generated which provided a mechanism through which the necessary coordination was achieved and the experiment accomplished. Principal contributors to the experiment were the Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory, Comision Nacional de Investigaciones Espaciales (CNIE) of Argentina and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Personnel of CNIE moved the Chamical, Argentina, meteorological rocket station to Tartagal, Argentina to obtain observations in the path of the total eclipse. Data were obtained from each of the 12 rocket soundings under somewhat adverse field conditions. The data serves to point the way toward further experiments of this nature and was particularly informative in that it provided synoptic and diurnal data from a new location in the Southern Hemisphere for use in the global synoptic meteorological rocket network exploration of the upper atmosphere. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ATMOSPHERIC MOTION, *SOLAR ECLIPSES), (*STRATOSPHERE, ATMOSPHERIC MOTION), DIURNAL VARIATIONS, ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE, METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS, ATMOSPHERIC TIDES, ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDING, RESPONSE, NETWORKS, UPPER ATMOSPHERE, SOUNDING ROCKETS, OZONE, WIND, VELOCITY, ARGENTINA, MESOSPHERE

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE