THE TEXAS DEW POINT FRONT AS SEEN BY TIROS I
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION
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The general behavior of the West Texas dew point front and the related cloud patterns are described. Several TIROS I ps of West Texas and the surrounding area were selected for special study these pictures included also examples when the dew point front was absent. The examples generally showed good agreement between the dew point front and cloud pattern as pictured by the satellite. The match between the cloud patterns and the location of the dew point front was not perfect due partly to the thin layer of moist air near the surface location of the dew point front, and occasionally, higher cloud layers, usually cirrus, which partially masked the location of the dew point front as pictured by the satellite. A few cases occurred where cloud patterns similar to those associated with the dew point front were present, but for which no dew point front was present. Of special interest is a case of collapse and surge of the dew point front.