A cold air outbreak over the Norwegian Sea observed with the TIROS-N Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) and the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I)

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CLAUD, CHANTAL ; KATSAROS, KRISTINA B. ; PETTY, GRANT W. ; CHEDIN, ALAIN ; SCOTT, NOELLE A. (2011)

Until recently, the scarcity of meteorological observations over polar areas has limited studies of high-latitude weather systems, but now data from polar orbiting satellites offer a new opportunity to observe and describe these systems. TOVS data have been used successfully for delineating synoptic and sub-synoptic systems, since they provide the vertical temperature structure of the atmosphere; SSM/I observations have proved valuable for analysing storms through water vapour and rain determinations. These positive results prompted us to analyze simultaneous TOVS and SSM/I observations obtained during a cold air outbreak over the Norwegian Sea. After a description of the instruments and the retrieval schemes, the mutually supporting information from these two independent instruments is discussed. Implications for the monitoring of polar lows are presented.DOI: 10.1034/j.1600-0870.1992.t01-1-00002.x
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