Accession Number : AD0685853

Title :   SOLAR CONTROL OF THE STRATOSPHERIC CIRCULATION,

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

Personal Author(s) : Webb,Willis L.

Report Date : FEB 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : A gross monsoonal character exhibited by the stratospheric circulation's annual variation indicates a close general relationship with solar heat input. Synoptic exploration of this 25-80 km region by the Meteorological Rocket Network has divulged two major processes as a result of which solar control is markedly modified. These are the semiannual dynamic winter storm periods and the nongeostrophic thermal tidal circulations. The degree to which solar control is lost is illustrated by the stratospheric circulation data. The impact of these dynamic stratospheric circulation events on the structure of the exosphere is discussed, and the interaction of the exosphere with the solar wind is considered. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ATMOSPHERIC MOTION, STRATOSPHERE), (*SOLAR RADIATION, STRATOSPHERE), PERIODIC VARIATIONS, SOUNDING ROCKETS, NETWORKS, ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION, STORMS, ATMOSPHERIC TIDES, THERMAL PROPERTIES, INTERACTIONS, SOLAR WIND, EXOSPHERE, GUIDED MISSILE RANGES, IMPACT, NEW MEXICO

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE