Accession Number : AD0716388

Title :   Objective Estimate of the Climatology of Very Tall Convective Clouds - A Negative Report.

Descriptive Note : Environmental research papers,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Kantor,Arthur J.

Report Date : 06 NOV 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : An objective method has been developed for determining the occurrence and altitude of tall convective clouds for the purpose of construction of a global climatology of such clouds. The particular computer program selected is the version that produced maximum cloud-top estimates in closest agreement with highest radar precipitation echoes for a three-year period at Miami, Fla., Lake Charles, La., New York, N. Y., and Oklahoma City, Okla. A day-by-day comparison of radar echoes and computed cloud tops reveals such numerous and sufficiently large discrepancies that the computerized parcel method does not appear satisfactory for providing a climatology of convective clouds above 40,000 ft. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CLIMATE, CLOUDS), (*CLOUDS, CLASSIFICATION), DISTRIBUTION, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, RADIOSONDES, STRATOSPHERE

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE