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STS049-88-9
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Spacecraft nadir point: 20.2° N, 121.8° E

Photo center point: 19.5° N, 122.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 149 nautical miles (276km)
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STS49-88-09: Mountain Wave Turbulence The banded clouds that are
associated with winds blowing perpendicular to a mountain range
resulting in a lee-side sinusoidal vertical motion as the air
moves away from the mountain range. Wave or lenticular clouds
are seldom observed in the tropics because the necessary dynamics
for cloud formation are insufficient. In this case a mid-
latitude trough was pushing southward causing unusually strong
southwest winds to flow over the central Cuban mountains. (Pic-
ture taken on May 5th, 1992 at 20:42:50GMT, Space Shuttle located
at 22.63N 79.68W)