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Jet stream Cirrus, Saudi Arabia

Target Name:  Earth
Spacecraft:  Space Shuttle
Produced by:  LPI/NASA
Cross Reference:  13-32-1159

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This series of cirrus clouds is know as "roll clouds" because they are sculpted into tight rolls by air currents from the jet stream over Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea. The crest-to-crest spacing of the cloud bands can be used to calculate the velocity of the jet stream.

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