Articles | Volume 15, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 1563–1576, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-1563-2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 1563–1576, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-1563-2022

Research article 18 Mar 2022

Research article | 18 Mar 2022

Atmospheric precipitable water vapor and its correlation with clear-sky infrared temperature observations

Vicki Kelsey et al.

Data sets

TPW and Zenith Sky Temperature Data for Socorro, NM Vicki Kelsey and Spencer Riley https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.12712814

Model code and software

Precipitable-Water Model Analysis Tool Spencer Riley and Vicki Kelsey https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4587475

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Short summary
In the interior western USA there are distances of hundreds of kilometers between weather balloon launch sites for weather forecasting. Satellite coverage can also be sparse or with poor resolution. Using infrared thermometers, clear-sky temperatures were collected and compared with data from weather balloons. A correlation between clear-sky temperatures and precipitable water measurements from weather balloons was found. This means that citizen scientists can collect data.