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MOUNTAIN LEE WAVES AT WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE
ARMY ELECTRONICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM
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The need for knowledge of wind effect and its variability is well known to all who have worked in the field of unguided missiles. To meet this need, a study of mountain lee waves is now being conducted at White Sands Missile Range. The basic observational technique consists of releasing superpressure balloons, with radar targets and radiosondes attached, at points west of the range and following their trajectories with radars while simultaneously recording temperatures on the GMDs. The balloons are assumed to follow isopycnic surfaces as they float across the range and to trace out the shape of the lee wave. Two balloons are usually released to float simultaneously over the range at two heights and yield a vertical profile of the wave.
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