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Seasat microwave wind and rain observations in severe tropical and midlatitude marine stormsInitial results of studies concerning Seasat measurements in and around tropical and severe midlatitude cyclones over the open ocean are presented, together with an assessment of their accuracy and usefulness. Complementary measurements of surface wind speed and direction, rainfall rate, and the sea surface temperature obtained with the Seasat-A Satellite Scatterometer (SASS), the Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR), and the Seasat SAR are analyzed. The Seasat data for the Hurrricanes Fico, Ella, and Greta and the QE II storm are compared with data obtained from aircraft, buoys, and ships. It is shown that the SASS-derived wind speeds are accurate to within 10 percent, and the directions are accurate to within 20 percent. In general, the SASS estimates tend to measure light winds too high and intense winds too low. The errors of the SMMR-derived measurements of the winds in hurricanes tend to be higher than those of the SASS-derived measurements.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Black, P. G. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Miami, FL, United States)
Hawkins, J. D. (NOAA, Atlantic Oceangraphic and Meteorological Laboratory, Miami FL, United States)
Gentry, R. C. (Clemson University SC, United States)
Cardone, V. J. (Oceanweather, Inc. White Plains, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1985
Subject Category
Distribution Limits