Accession Number : AD0744098

Title :   Very Short Range Local Area Weather Forecasting Satellites.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Nov 70-31 Jan 72,

Corporate Author : COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS DEPT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Sikula,Gerald J. ; Vonder Haar,Thomas H.

Report Date : 30 APR 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 84

Abstract : Quantitative radiance measurements from NASA's ATS-3 geosynchronous satellite have been used to develop and test a statistical forecast method to predict air terminal weather over the very short range (0-6 hours) time period. Results from more than 800 hourly weather situations at a wide range of U. S. weather stations show that the parameters of ceiling and total opaque cloud cover can be specified or predicted with skill, exceeding persistence forecasts for time periods greater than two hours. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WEATHER FORECASTING, METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES), (*TERMINAL FLIGHT FACILITIES, WEATHER FORECASTING), MICROMETEOROLOGY, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, CLOUD COVER, WIND, VORTICES, CEILING

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE