meteorological reconnaissance flight

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A flight made by a suitably equipped aircraft, either regularly to obtain data from an area inadequately covered for synoptic purposes, or for a study of a specific phenomenon, such as a tropical cyclone. In addition, research flights may be carried out (often by several aircraft simultaneously) to obtain data on particular atmospheric processes, such as the three-dimensional structure and evolution of cumulonimbus clouds.

Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

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