Tethered Balloon Measurements at San Nicolas Island (October 1984): Instrumentation, Data Summary, Preliminary Data Interpretation.
Interim rept. 18-29 Oct 84,
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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A 12-day field experiment was held on San Nicolas Island SNI in October 1984 to test the operation of a tethered balloon system and to get an indication of the vertical profiles of some of the meteorological parameters. The instrumentation consisting of the balloon system, nephelometer, and psychrometer are described in detail. The collected data are presented in tables and plots. Preliminary interpretation of the data is given this includes the vertical dependence of the aerosol scattering coefficient, wind jets found at the inversion, and entrainment into stratocumulus clouds. Conclusions are given on the performance of the tethered balloon, the suitability of SNI for future vertical structure experiments, and the value of balloon measurements in such experiments. Author