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CONV_WAVES: Convection Waves/Convective Waves


The Convection Wave project was a multi-aircraft investigation into the structure and behavior of gravity wave systems over convectively active boundary layers (CBLs) in the presence of vertical wind shear. These 'convection waves' occur over flat terrain and are ubiquitous over fields of shallow fair weather cumuli or clear air thermals. The program consisted of two components: an aircraft observational program and a numerical simulation program. The project was conducted over 5 observing periods: King Air flights during June 1985, Sabreliner flights during Dec, 1986, May-Jun, 1986, and Jan 1988, and King Air and Sabreliner flights during April-May, 1988. [Description compiled from the paper Kuettner, J.P., Peter Hildebrand, and Terry Clark, "Convective waves: Observations of gravity wave systems over convectively active boundary layers", Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Volume 113, Issue 476, Pp 445-467, Apr. 1987. Available online from]

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Temporal coverage

Begin Date 1985-06-13 12:45:00
End Date 1988-05-09 13:37:00

Spatial coverage

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Maximum (North) Latitude: 48.054, Minimum (South) Latitude: 27.118
Minimum (West) Longitude: -105.701, Maximum (East) Longitude: -89.179