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1. Individual errors and biases
2. Temporal and spatial inhomogeneity
3. Temporal and spatial sampling – Satellite (calibrated by radiosonde)
NWS VIZ B-2
Surface Report: Cirrus anvil (moon visible through cirrus)
Satellite image from UW-Madison CIMSS web page
Koster et al. 2003
From Lemone et al.
Northern edge of aircraft track Ts=45,
q60 = 8.5
Southern edge of
aircraft track Ts=32,
Theta60=306.2, q60 = 11