Sudden stratospheric warmings seen in MINOS deep underground muon data

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The rate of high energy cosmic ray muons as measured underground is shown to be strongly correlated with upper-air temperatures during short-term atmospheric (10-day) events. The effects are seen by correlating data from the MINOS underground detector and temperatures from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts during the winter periods from 2003-2007. This effect provides an independent technique for the measurement of meteorological conditions and presents a unique opportunity to measure both short and long-term changes in this important part of the atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL05809
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 16 2009


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