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Features October 2019 Issue

Skew-T Revisited

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Skew-T Revisited

Yes, we’ve talked about it before, multiple times. But the Skew-T diagram remains one of the most valuable yet least appreciated tools available. It’s worth a closer look.

The Skew-T log-p diagram, typically just called a “Skew-T,” is an amazing tool for understanding what’s happening in the atmosphere at a given station. They are essential for understanding a precipitation regime or differentiating icing layers. Even after nearly three decades in meteorology I would find it almost impossible to understand an icing situation without this tool, and I often visualize the makeup of an environment with a sort of mental Skew-T image. I can’t underscore how valuable these diagrams are once you get to know them.

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