Advances in Geophysics, Vol. 2 by H.E. Landsberg (Ed.)

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Analyses at the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics [129] and by the American Airlines System [130] indicate that an aircraft equipped to detect turbulence by this means could avoid the most serious gusts, with a substantial improvement in aircraft safety and passenger comfort. 7-cm radar intended specifically for this purpose are now in progress under the auspices of Aeronautical Radio, Inc. Jones and the NACA also encountered considerable turbulence in cumulus clouds which gave no echo at all (because the particles were undetectably small).

It follows that singlepower readings are not significant, and that averaging of several power values is always necessary when weather observations are made. The rate at which independent data become available depends on, among other things, the rate of scanning of the beam and on the relative FIG. 28. Vertical section through cold frontal continuous precipitation, Note grainy texture of echo due to insufficient averaging. Time of exposure for picture was equal to time for one scan of beam. ) motion (henceforth called “shuffling”) among the particles.

The exact evaluation of k is usually quite complicated. For this reason, quantitative measurements have generally * See footnote in section 3-5. , k = 1) was considered safe. Equation (1) is valid provided that the cross-section of the radar beam is filled with target precipitation. When the beam is filled in one dimension but not in the other, this factor should be rg/r3. The fundamental problem in applying equation (I) in weather observations is the correlation of I;u with the characteristics of the precipitation.

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