LESSON 5: Vertical Motion and Stability
The vertical structure of the atmosphere important for flight and for weather. It determines vertical motions, cloud types and turbulence. It is therefore crucial that you understand how to interpret observations of the vertical structure of the atmosphere in terms of temperature, moisture, and winds. The book provides a good discussion on determining stability, though it does not use thermodynamic diagrams. This lesson will introduce you to a thermodynamic diagram called the Stuve diagram. We will also introduce you to the concepts of turbulence and its causes.
- Understand the fundamental causes of turbulence.
- Learn to read a thermodynamic diagram.
Reading Assignment: Chapter 5, there is also extensive background material
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