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Limaye and Suomi 1981

Limaye, S.S., and V.E. Suomi, 1981: Cloud motions on Venus: Global structure and organization. J. Atmos. Sci., 38, 1220-1235, doi:10.1175/1520-0469(1981)038<1220:CMOVGS>2.0.CO;2.

We present results on cloud motions on Venus obtained over a period of 3.5 days from Mariner 10 television images. The implied atmosphere flow is almost zonal everywhere on the visible disk, and is in the same retrograde sense as the solid planet. Objective analysis of motions suggests presenece of jet cores (-130 m/s) and organized atmospheric waves. The longitudinal mean meridional profile of the zonal component of motion of the ultraviolet features shows presence of a midlatitude jet stream (-110 m/s). The mean zonal component is -97 m/s at the equator. The mean meridional motion at most latitudes is directed toward the pole in either hemisphere and is at least an order of magnitude smaller so that the flow is nearly zonal. A tentative conclusion from the limited coverage available from Mariner 10 is that at the level of ultraviolet features mean meridional circulation is the dominant mode of poleward angular momentum transfer as opposed to the eddy circulation.

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  author={Limaye, S. S. and Suomi, V. E.},
  title={Cloud motions on Venus: Global structure and organization},
  journal={Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences},

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ID  - li01100t
AU  - Limaye, S. S.
AU  - Suomi, V. E.
PY  - 1981
TI  - Cloud motions on Venus: Global structure and organization
JA  - J. Atmos. Sci.
JO  - Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
VL  - 38
SP  - 1220
EP  - 1235
DO  - 10.1175/1520-0469(1981)038%3C1220%3ACMOVGS%3E2.0.CO;2
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