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Liquid-Water-Content and Hydrometeor Size-Distribution Information for the SAMS Missile Fleights of the 1971-72 Season at Wallops Island, Virginia - AFCRL/SAMS Report No. 3
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS HANSCOM AFB MA HANSCOM AFB
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Radar, aircraft, and surface measurement information is presented concerning the liquid-water-content values and size distribution properties of the hydrometeors that existed along the trajectory paths of the five SAMS missiles that were fired into Wallops storms during the 1971-72 season. The storm situations are described by reference to weather maps, satellite photographs, and time-altitude cross sections. The radar-echo structure of the storms is illustrated by radar photographs. The hydrometeor conditions at the launch times of the missiles, in the launch direction, are assessed from surface rainfall information, from detailed radar data, and from aircraft measurements made during storm flights that immediately followed the missile firings. The procedures are explained whereby the values of liquid-water-content and the size-distribution parameters were determined for the missile trajectories. All data results of immediate, direct pertinence to SAMS are summarized in convenient, tabular form.
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