Commander E. S. Quilter

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Abstract: Many textbooks of meteorology and physics contain diagramatic representations of the structure and vertical circulation of a thunderstorm. They are based mainly on theoretical deductions as to the kind of thermo-dynamic engine the authors, from laboratory experience, think the thunderstorm should be. Until recently, no precise means of probing the storms to verify or modify the textbook picture was available. Numerous explatory airplane flights into more or less violent convective clouds or storms had been made, but until the development of the uses of radar, it was impossible to tell where the aircraft were with respect to the storm at any given moment. Free meterological balloons also had ascended haphazardly into thunderstorms, but again it was not possible to track them until the perfection of radio-direction finding.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 2, Number 5
Pages: 124 - 128
Cite this article: Quilter, Commander E. S., "STRUCTURE DYNAMICS OF THE THUNDERSTORM", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 2, No. 5, 1950, pp. 124-128.
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