Synoptic Meteorology During the Snow-One Field Experiment
COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER NH
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The daily atmospheric pressure systems and weather fronts that traversed the northeastern United States during the SNOW-ONE Field Experiment from 11 January through 20 February 1981 are summarized. This experiment is the first in a planned series of measurements to study the influence of atmospheric obscurants on electro-optical system performance. The analysis of the large- scale synoptic patterns that developed during the field test period constitutes a critical component of the research program. The weather during the measurement period included nine new daily high temperature records. January was one of the driest and February was one of the wettest ever observed. These conditions were caused in part by two high pressure cells and two major low pressure systems that crossed the region. One of these lows brought warm air and heavy rain to New England, and the other produced significant snowfall in northern Vermont.
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