Cloud fluctuation statistics ( Pacific Ocean). Academic Article uri icon


  • A space-time statistical analysis of total outgoing infrared radiation (derived from the 10.5-12.5 micrometres window measurements of the NOAA operational satellites) is used to determine the gross features of day-to-day cloudiness fluctuations over the Pacific Ocean in summer and winter. Infrared fluctuations arise from the passage of cloudiness systems through a grid box as well as the creation and destruction of cloudiness in the box. Characteristic time scales are on the order of one or two days, even for a grid box spanning the entire North Pacific storm track. This result is remarkable in view of the much longer time scales commonly associated with atmospheric disturbances.-from Authors

published proceedings

  • Monthly Weather Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Cahalan, R. F., Short, D. A., & North, G. R.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Cahalan, RF||Short, DA||North, GR

publication date

  • January 1982