A satellite study of cloud clusters over southeast Asia during SMONEX-79
This paper presents the distribution, size, intensity, lifetime and trajectories of the 'SMONEX' clusters of southeast Asia (0-30° N, 70-120° E). Defence Meteorological. Satellite Program (DMSP) infrared (day and night) and visible (day) pictures for June, July & August .1979 were used. It was found that life-time of cloud clusters averaged more than day (31 hours) and it increased with size and intensity. The intense and very 1arge clusters were found to be related with monsoon depressions. The oceanic clusters were more active " than those over the land. The cluster activity was significantly greater night than at day during SMONBX. Comparative studies showed that SMONEX clusters were slower movement but of longer lifetime than GATE cluster
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