ON TIME VARIABILITY OF WIND AT WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NEW MEXICO
ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES LAB
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Records of cinetheodolite balloon observations at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico WSMR to 8000 feet above the surface have been analyzed in sets of 11- and 20-minute intervals to determine the magnitude of horizontal wind vector changes. The means of the magnitude for the horizontal wind vector changes varied from 1.8 to 2.8 ftsec for time intervals of 11 and 20 minutes. The means of the horizontal wind direction change over the same time intervals varied from 7 to 34 degrees. The greatest variability occurred in layers below 3000 feet.