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Title: Ionospheric acoustic and gravity waves associated with midlatitude thunderstorms

Acoustic waves with periods of 2 - 4 minutes and gravity waves with periods of 6 - 16 minutes have been detected at ionospheric heights (250-350 km) using GPS Total Electron Content (TEC) measurements. The area disturbed by these waves and the wave amplitudes have been associated with underlying thunderstorm activity. A statistical study comparing NEXRAD radar thunderstorm measurements with ionospheric acoustic and gravity waves in the mid-latitude U.S. Great Plains region was performed for the time period of May - July 2005. An increase of ionospheric acoustic wave disturbed area and amplitude is primarily associated with large thunderstorms (mesoscale convective systems). Ionospheric gravity wave disturbed area and amplitude scale with thunderstorm activity, with even small storms (i.e. individual storm cells) producing an increase of gravity waves.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Space and Remote Sensing Group.
  2. Boston College, Boston, MA (United States). Institute for Scientific Research.
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Journal ID: ISSN 2169-9380
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; 20130737ECR
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 120; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 2169-9380
American Geophysical Union
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
58 GEOSCIENCES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ionosphere; gravity waves; acoustic waves; thunderstorms
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OSTI ID: 1221550