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INDICE STABILITE WHITING [1 record]

Record 1 2004-06-02

English

Subject field(s)
  • Meteorological Forecasting, Data Measurement and Analysis
DEF

Convective index of the likelihood of thunderstorm occurrence, derived from a sounding.

CONT

Showalter Stability Index (SSI). This index is another way to measure instability of the air parcel. > 3: no activity expected; 0 to 2: showers and isolated thunderstorms possible; -2 to 0: thunderstorms probable; -4 to -2: severe storms possible; < -4: severe storms are probable as well as tornadoes.

OBS

It is obtained by finding the temperature (°C) which would be attained by adiabatic ascent of the air from 850 to 500 hPa and subtracting this from the air temperature at 500 hPa. Thunderstorms become more probable the more the index lies below the threshold value of +4.

Key term(s)
  • stability index of Showalter
  • stability index of Whiting
  • Showalter's index of stability
  • Whiting index of stability
  • index of Whiting
  • Whiting index
  • index of Showalter

French

Domaine(s)
  • Prévisions météorologiques et mesure et analyse des données
DEF

Indice de convection de probabilité d'orage déduit d'un radiosondage.

CONT

[...] indice orageux de Showalter. L'indice de Showalter donne une idée sur la possibilité et la puissance de l'éclatement d'un orage.

OBS

indice orageux de Showalter : terme descriptif. Jargon de l'auteur.

OBS

On l'obtient en trouvant la température (°C) qui serait atteinte par l'ascendance adiabatique de l'air de 850 à 500 hPa et en soustrayant celle-ci de la température de l'air à 500 hPa. Les orages deviennent d'autant plus probables que l'indice tombe au-dessous du seuil de +4.

Spanish

Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Previsiones meteorológicas, medición y análisis de datos
DEF

Indice convectivo de la probabilidad de tormentas eléctricas deducido de un radiosondeo.

OBS

Indice convectivo de la probabilidad de tormentas eléctricas deducido de un radiosondeo. Se obtiene calculando la temperatura (°C) que alcanzará una parcela de aire que asciende de 850 a 500 hPa y restándola de la temperatura del aire a 500 hPa. Las tormentas eléctricas son tanto más probables cuanto más por debajo del valor umbral de +4°C está el índice.

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