Monthly Archives: July 2014

Atmospheric Science: The Second Level

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In 1961 Allen Cole was excited because he had discovered a second Isopycnic Level at an altitude of between 80 and 90 kilometres above Churchill in Canada. All available observations from rocket-borne instrumentation (falling spheres, grenades, pressure gages, etc.) have … Continue reading

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Atmospheric Science: What is a Mole of Air?

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Aficionados of the countryside are aware that it’s beneficial to differentiate between molehills and cowpats whilst traversing a field. Similarly, aficionados of science should realise that it’s beneficial to differentiate between moles and cowpats whilst traversing the field of Atmospheric … Continue reading

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Atmospheric Science: Burying Beal’s Barometer

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The first edition [in 1920] of the classic meteorological textbook Physics of the Air by William Jackson Humphreys [1862-1949] introduced the wider world to a certain Doctor Beal who had observed [during 1664-1665] regular daily variations in barometric pressures which … Continue reading

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Atmospheric Science: Callum Coats Condenser

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One of the modern mainstream mantras promoted by Atmospheric Science is that “atmospheric gases are well mixed” [by turbulence] and “homogeneous” up to an altitude of about 100 kilometres. The homosphere and heterosphere are defined by whether the atmospheric gases … Continue reading

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Atmospheric Science: The Lost Level

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Lurking in the US Standard Atmosphere 1976 is a rather surprising concept that Atmospheric Science appears to have lost down the back of the sofa in recent years. There may be many very valid reasons for the disappearance of the … Continue reading

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Atmospheric Science: US Standard Atmosphere 1976

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The strange Atmospheric Science promoted by Wikipedia has been clearly demonstrated by their usage of the US Standard Atmosphere 1962. Tragically, Wikipedia has ignored the US Standard Atmosphere 1976 masterpiece. 241 page PDF file of 17MB: http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19770009539_1977009539.pdf In the 14 … Continue reading

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Atmospheric Science: US Standard Atmosphere 1962

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A sad example of the Mushroom Management that is endemic in Wikipedia is the breathtaking inclusion of a diagram [in their Atmosphere of Earth article] based upon the 1962 US Standard Atmosphere. Evidently, Wikipedia thinks Atmospheric Science hasn’t advanced in … Continue reading

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Atmospheric Science: Mushroom Management

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Researching the Earth’s Atmosphere is a curious occupation because so many intriguing threads end up being parked on the back burner waiting for inspiration or the arrival of [as in accidentally stumble across] further information. Atmospheric Science, like so many … Continue reading

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Pattern Recognition

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Having enjoyed some peace and tranquillity [whilst the crowds were distracted watching the festival of professional fouls in Brazil] its now time to [slowly] return to blogging and explore a few ideas that have been stalled on the back burner … Continue reading

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