Local Winds

Smoke, Inversion Layer
Persian Gulf

Smoke, Inversion Layer

Flight 51J; 27.6N, 50.2E, 05:48:51 GMT, 6 Oct 1985

The maiden flight of the space shuttle Atlantis brought the crew over the Persian Gulf several times when the water and atmospheric conditions could be easily viewed. There had been brisk northerly winds for several days, producing wind slicks on the waters of the gulf and blowing smoke from dozens of offshore oil platforms against the coast of Bahrain. The airborne mass of smog collected below the inversion layer, reducing visibility and permitting the observation of atmospheric internal waves, a common occurrence in this polluted part of the world.

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