Potential Temperature
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Potential Temperature
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The temperature
a parcel of
dry air would have if brought adiabatically from its initial state to the
(arbitrarily selected) standard pressure of 1000 millibars. Its mathematical
expression is
where θ is the potential temperature; T is the Kelvin temperature; p is pressure, millibars; R is the gas constant for dry air; and c_{p} is the specific heat or dry air at constant pressure. See equivalent potential temperature, adiabatic process. [[/a>|/a> ]]
References
This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use