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Comments on “A Comparison of Temperature and Wind Measurements from ACARS-Equipped Aircraft and Rawinsondes”


This comment is intended to identify an error in the label for Table 7 in Schwartz and Benjamin (1995, hereafter SB95). The label should have read “Statistics for rawinsonde − ACARS matched data…,” meaning that for this sample, rawinsondes were warmer than aircraft data by a mean value of 0.22 K for these ascent/descent aircraft observations from 0 to 9144 m ASL (flight level 300), thus excluding en route levels for 300–150 hPa. Other tables and text in SB95 correctly identified rawinsonde observations as being slightly warmer than aircraft in the lower–middle-troposphere layer considered in that collocation study.

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