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1340 - SAF - Saskatoon Canada MF Radar
Instrument Type: Instrument > Radar > MiddleAtmosphereRadar > MFRadar
Observatory: None
Observation Site: SAF - Saskatoon Canada MF Radar
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Instrument Page: SAF

The Saskatoon MF radar is located in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada (52N, 107W). The solar local time (SLT) is Universal Time (UT) minus 7 hours and 10 minutes. (SLT = UT - 7:10). The phases are in SLT and the measurement days start at 0 UT. The Saskatoon MF radar has provided considerable mean winds (Manson et al., 1990a and 1991a) and tidal data (Manson et al, 1989) since 1979. LTCS-1 and LTCS-2 are described for all middle atmosphere radars in Manson et al (1990b,1991b). MF radars use the 'spaced antenna' method. Harmonic analysis is applied to hourly mean winds (weighted by data yield per hour) at individual heights to obtain tides for the prime LTCS or stated intervals. Typical standard deviations for means, 12-hour and 24-hour tides are in the above LTCS papers. Tides of the month for Saskatoon are means of 4-day fits (the amplitudes are arithmetic means). Data up to 99 km are real heights --- above, they are from the E-region, a layer about 5 km centered near 102 km. These are the analyzed data on the neutral winds in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere during or including the LTCS-1 period, 21-25 September 1987. This condensed format is consistent with the analyzed data from other sites as well, and is prepared in order to facilitate research work. However, users need to inform the data suppliers that they are using the data in case of updates or changes, and to insure that the data are being used and interpreted properly.