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Severe Convective Storm Detection Based on Satellite Infrared Imagery Analysis,
ALABAMA UNIV IN HUNTSVILLE
Several cases of GOES digital infrared data and Doppler Sounder array data during the three-hour time period immediately preceeding the touchdown of the tornado were analyzed. Tornado-associated clouds are compared with non-tornado-associated clouds using satellite infrared data, ray tracing of gravity waves detected by the Doppler Sounder array and rawinsonde data. The satellite observations are at 15-minute intervals. Our study shows that tornado-associated clouds are always accompanied by overshooting turrets penetrating above the tropopause. The growth rate of the storm-associated clouds is much greater than that of non-severe storm-associated clouds. Author
This article is from 'Papers Selected for Presentation at the International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (16th) Held at Buenos Aires, Argentina on 2-9 June 1982. Volume 1,' AD-A134 719. p329-341.