Farthest North region of the moisture for this enigmatic cloud could have been a polynya just upwind. A 1986 case of a similar plume extending from Meteorological satellites have had an especially posi- Ostrov Novaya Zemlya wa s more in line with conven- tive impact on meteorological studies in the data- tional theory. Novaya Zemlya is a large island, basi- sparse regions of the Arctic. This is particularly true of cally comprising the boundary between the Barents polar-orbiting weather satellites due to their superior and Kara seas, with some well-defined high terrain. resolution and due to the lack of GOES imagery over The top of the plume was observed to be from 30 000 much of the high latitudes. to 40 000 feet MSL based on raob data. The Ben- Robert W. Fett, head of the Forecast Guidance netta plume was calculated to reach 30 000 feet. Branch of the Naval Oceanographic and Atmospheric Fett showed a series of slides of well-defined Research Laboratory in Monterey, has made the inter- polynya plumes, constituted of low Arctic stratus, pretation and use of satellite imagery for meteorologi- southwest of Sachs Harbor, in the eastern Beaufort cal purposes his life's work. Following
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