Preliminary analysis of NACA measurements of atmospheric turbulence within a thunderstorm - U.S. Weather Bureau thunderstorm project

Tolefson, Harold B
March 1947

A general description of the field operations of the U.S. Weather Bureau thunderstorm project conducted in the vicinity of Orlando, Florida during the summer month of 1946 is given. The participation of NACA in this project is described and measurements of atmospheric turbulence taken by NACA are presented for one of the flights. The results indicate that some regions of thunderstorms may present no great hazard to flight, while exceptionally severe conditions of atmospheric turbulence may occur in other regions, or even in the same region, at about the same time. The results also indicate that these severe conditions of turbulence might lead to loss of control with the possible loss of the airplane.

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