CEE 1331 SMU Hmw#3 Atmospheric Soundings and Severe Weather paper
In this homework we will analyze the temperature and moisture profile of the atmosphere and how it
relates to the intensity of thunderstorms. An atmospheric profile is simply a way of displaying how any
weather parameter (such as temperature and moisture) changes with height.
We will be plotting the weather data on a Stüve diagram. A Stüve diagram is a type of graph that has
height on the vertical axis and temperature across the horizontal axis. Since air pressure ALWAYS
decreases with height, we can use air pressure as a height measurement (using millibars) on the left side
of the chart as well as the standard method of measuring altitude (using kilometers above sea level) on
the right side of the chart.