policy statement A policy statement of the American Meteorological Society as adopted by the Council (26 September 1991) 1. Introduction automated daily reports from commercial aircraft of wind and temperature over the United States, cover- In the late 1980s, the American Meteorological Soci- ing the jet-stream levels and take-offs and landings; ety, in conjunction with the University Corporation for and 6) the anticipated availability of lightning data on Atmospheric Research (UCAR), prepared a position a national basis. The AMS strongly endorses the paper in which the top two research priorities for the operational implementation of the new observing sys- next decade were identified: climate and mesoscale tems. These systems will produce major improve- research. Mesoscale research, which deals with phe- ments in the nation's capability to forecast short-term nomena with spatial scales of 2-200 0 km and time changes in the weather and issue timely severe scales of minutes to hours, includes thunderstorms, weather and flood warnings. Yet, while the new and hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, and major winter better data are our primary source of information, storms. These phenomena intrinsically involve weather research is necessary to exploit the knowledge gained processes at all scales and have fundamental influ-
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jan 1, 1992
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