Air Masses

Synoptic-scale winds can be thought of as distinct streams of air, which may emerge from large regions of uniform air temperature, humidity, stability, wind speed and direction. Then the atmosphere comes to be regarded as consisting of discrete 'air masses' and this approach to meteorology became customary in the middle of the twentieth century.

An 'air mass' is a fairly uniform body of air, hundreds or thousands of kilometres across, with surface dry-bulb and dewpoint temperatures within a few degrees of the respective averages. Alternatively, and preferably, we characterise air masses by the values of 'conserved' variables, such as the mixing ratio (Note 6.B), the

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