SATELLITE RADAR OBSERVATIONS OF WIND FIELD CHARACTERISTICS IN THE BARENTS SEA DURING A MESOCYCLONE ON 19 APRIL 1996

M. V. Bukharov and T. Kh. Geokhlanyan

Results of a study of characteristics of instantaneous wind fields are presented. The characteristics are calculated from satellite side-looking radar (SLR) data for a mesocyclone over the Barents Sea. Spatial scales of extreme wind zones are determined. Distribution functions of wind speed in different parts of the mesocyclone are calculated. A general form of the exponent of distribution as a function of the normalized wind speed is found.

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