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Volume 14, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 12133-12142, 2014
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 12133-12142, 2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 18 Nov 2014

Research article | 18 Nov 2014

Characteristics and sources of gravity waves observed in noctilucent cloud over Norway

T. D. Demissie et al.
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Summertime gravity waves detected in noctilucent clouds (NLCs) between 64◦ and 74◦N are found to have a similar climatology to those observed between 60◦ and 64◦N, and their direction of propagation is to the north and northeast as observed south of 64◦N. However, a unique population of fast, short wavelength waves propagating towards the SW is observed in the NLC. The sources of the prominent wave structures observed in the NLC are likely to be from waves propagating from near the tropopause.
Summertime gravity waves detected in noctilucent clouds (NLCs) between 64◦ and 74◦N are...