METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHS AS INDICATORS OF CYCLOGENESIS AND THE RELATED CLOUD DISTRIBUTION AND STRUCTURE OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO: A CASE STUDY.
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION
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Two satellite pictures, taken approximately 24 hours apart, revealed the intensification of this wave system and its associated cloud masses as it moved northward from its breeding grounds to the Texas-Louisiana coast. Lack of surface synoptic reports in the Gulf of Mexico precluded accurate location of the wave and associated fronts, but fairly accurate positions were interpreted from the cloud patterns in the TIROS photographs. These interpretations were based on the Boucher-Newcomb frontal wave model. Included in this study are a brief synoptic history of the storm, a descriptive and subjective interpretation of the cloud images and a discussion of the apparent relation between the cloud patterns and the conventional analysis. In spite of the subjectivity of the cloud interpretation, this study suggests that TIROS observations provide a basis for logical meteorological analysis in areas where conventional data are sparse or non-existent. Author