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An Unusually High Summertime Wave Flight

Edward (Ward) Hindman, Ray McAnelly, William Cotton, Todd Pattist, Richard Worthington


One of the highest wave flights ever achieved over the Catskill Mountains of southern New York State USA occurred surprisingly on 5 July 2002 (17,990 ft, 5485 m MSL).  Using observed meteorological conditions with numerical-simulation models, most features of the wave were reproduced.  Using the simulations, it appears the flight could have gone much higher had IFR clearance been obtained.  This extraordinary mountain wave appears to have been enhanced by convective activity within the boundary layer above the Catskill Mountains.


Meteorology, Atmospheric physics

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