Accession Number : ADA258189


Title :   Temporal Variability of the Trade Wind Inversion: Measured with a Boundary Layer Vertical Profiler


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Grindinger, Cecilia M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258189.pdf


Report Date : May 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 106


Abstract : This study uses Hawaiian Rainband Project (HaRP) data, from the summer of 1991, to show a boundary layer wind profiler can be used to measure the trade wind inversion. An algorithm has been developed for the profiler that objectively measures the depth of the moist oceanic boundary layer. The Hilo inversion, measured by radiosonde, is highly correlated with the moist oceanic boundary layer measured by the profiler at Paradise Park. The inversion height on windward Hawaii is typically 2253 + or - 514 m. The inversion height varies not only on a daily basis, but on less than an hourly basis. It has a diurnal, as well as a three to four day cycle. There appears to be no consistent relationship between inversion height and precipitation. Currently, this profiler is capable of making high frequency (12 minute) measurements of the inversion base variation, as well as other features.


Descriptors :   *WIND , *REGRESSION ANALYSIS , *INVERSION , ALGORITHMS , FREQUENCY , MEASUREMENT , BOUNDARY LAYER , CYCLES , RADIOSONDES , TEMPERATURE INVERSION , SUMMER , HAWAII , HEIGHT , PRECIPITATION , BOUNDARIES , VARIATIONS , DEPTH , HIGH FREQUENCY , COMMERCE , LAYERS


Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Statistics and Probability


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE