WYOMING UNIV LARAMIE DEPT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Recently much attention has been given to the possible pollution of the stratosphere in anticipation of mans invasion into this high-altitude region of the atmosphere. However, very little effort in terms of quantitative measurements has been made to assess the sources of natural stratospheric pollution, which may be so large that man could never compete with them. By virtue of its size and energy density a well-developed hurricane should be able to influence the distribution of trace constituents in the lower stratosphere, at least locally if not on a global basis. The authors describe the results of the first attempt to determine the influence of a hurricane on the vertical profile of aerosol within a 500 mile radius of the center of the storm. Aerosol profiles were obtained over hurricane Gilda in October of 1973. The results show a relatively clean upper troposphere which has been tentatively attributed to a removal process associated with the storm itself.