Very Short Range Local Area Weather Forecasting Satellites.
Final rept. 1 Nov 70-31 Jan 72,
COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS DEPT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
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Quantitative radiance measurements from NASAs ATS-3 geosynchronous satellite have been used to develop and test a statistical forecast method to predict air terminal weather over the very short range 0-6 hours time period. Results from more than 800 hourly weather situations at a wide range of U. S. weather stations show that the parameters of ceiling and total opaque cloud cover can be specified or predicted with skill, exceeding persistence forecasts for time periods greater than two hours. Author