Radiosonde Data for: ACE-2

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  • DEPARTED: Lisbon, Portugal on 18 June 1997
  • ARRIVED: Lisbon, Portugal on 24 July 1997

The radiosonde data for the ACE-2 on the R/V PROF.VODYANITSKIY were collected by PMEL with a Vaisala DigiCORA receiver using Vaisala RS-80. These sondes directly measured temperature, pressure and relative humidity. By tracking the position of the sondes from OMEGA signals, the sondes horizontal position was measured from which the horizontal wind speed were calculated.

Radiosondes were launched at synoptic times and the data were forwarded to the US Weather service, so that the data were incorporated in the operational forecasts as well as the gridded data archives. The raw data files have data at 10 second intervals during the sounding, with the typical assent rates, this gives data points every 30 to 50 meters. For plotting these data were interpolated onto a standard 125m altitude grid.

Radiosonde Wind Vectors: In all plots winds speeds are in m/s. The horizontal wind vectors are plotted with arrows the whose length is proportional to the wind speed. The length of a standard wind vector of 20 m/s is shown at the bottom of each plot. Arrows pointing down indicate wind from the north, Arrows pointing right indicate wind from the west.

U.S.Dept of Commerce / NOAA / OAR / PMEL / Atmospheric Chemistry