Observing the Synoptic Structure of Two Moisture Bursts.
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The moisture burst is characterized by large amounts of cloudiness emanating from tropical regions and often affecting middle latitude regions. Due to data scarcity, the study of moisture bursts near their origin is difficult. Supplementary data available during the First GARP Global Experiment make such a study feasible. Through the use of in situ observations and computer-generated model analyses, this thesis presents results of a synoptic case study of two moisture bursts. Satellite-derived data are shown to be useful in this region, although lack of certain satellite radiance channels during the time period precludes their use. The FGGE IIIb model analyses are first proven to be reliable by comparison with satellite observations and are then used extensively.