The First ISCCP Regional Experiments have been designed to improve
data products and cloud/radiation parameterizations used in general
circulation models (GCMs). Specifically, the goals of FIRE are (1) to
improve the basic understanding of the interaction of physical
processes in determining life cycles of cirrus and marine
stratocumulus systems and the radiative properties of these clouds
during ... their life cycles and (2) to investigate the interrelationships
between the ISCCP data, GCM parameterizations, and higher space and
time resolution cloud data.
Radiosonde data were collected during the FIRE ASTEX for time period
June 7, 1992 through June 28, 1992 from the Malcolm Baldridge (ship).
There are 3 sets of interpolated sounding data. They are 5-second,
20-meter, and 2-millibar.
Each file contains a 5-line header. The first line is the site name
(up to 16 characters), the next line is the latitude and longitude at
the time of launch, the third contains the date-time group at launch
in YYMMDDHHMM format. Lines 4 and 5 describe the data to follow,
which comprise no more that 1500 additional lines. The data are:
minutes, seconds past launch, ascent rate, height, pressure,
temperature, relative humidity, dew point, mixing ratio and wind speed