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Utah State University

2003

Winds

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An Investigation Of Gravity Wave Activity In The Low-Latitude Mesosphere: Propagation Direction And Wind Filtering, A. F. Medeiros, Michael J. Taylor, H. Takahashi, P. P. Batista, D. Gobbi Jul 2003

An Investigation Of Gravity Wave Activity In The Low-Latitude Mesosphere: Propagation Direction And Wind Filtering, A. F. Medeiros, Michael J. Taylor, H. Takahashi, P. P. Batista, D. Gobbi

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An all-sky charge-coupled device imager capable of measuring wave structure in the OH, O2, and O I (557.7 nm) airglow emissions was operated at Cachoeira Paulista, Brazil (23S, 45W), for 2 years in collaboration with Utah State University, Logan. The dominant quasi-monochromatic gravity wave components investigated over a 1 year period (September 1998 to October 1999) have been extracted, and their seasonal variations have been measured. A total of 283 wave events were measured, exhibiting horizontal wavelengths from 5 to 60 km, observed periods from 5 to 35 min, and horizontal phase speeds of up to 80 m s1 ...


Climatology And Latitudinal Gradients Of Quiet-Timethermospheric Neutral Winds Over Millstone Hill From Fabry-Perot Interferometermeasurements, J. T. Emmert, Bela G. Fejer, D. P. Sipler Jan 2003

Climatology And Latitudinal Gradients Of Quiet-Timethermospheric Neutral Winds Over Millstone Hill From Fabry-Perot Interferometermeasurements, J. T. Emmert, Bela G. Fejer, D. P. Sipler

Bela G. Fejer

[1] Midlatitude nighttime thermospheric neutral winds are strongly dependent on season, solar activity, and latitude. We use an extensive database of wind measurements made during 1989–2001 by the Millstone Hill Fabry-Perot interferometer to study the detailed climatology of quiet time neutral winds near an altitude of 250 km. To facilitate the analysis of these data, we develop a local time, day-of-year, solar flux, and latitude-dependent empirical model, with the latitude dependence obtained by considering north looking and south looking observations separately. Our results show that the zonal winds are predominantly eastward after dusk and westward before dawn, with the ...