The original Rayleigh-scatter lidar that operated at the Atmospheric Lidar Observatory (ALO; 41.7°N, 111.8°W) in the Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences (CASS) on the campus of Utah State University (USU) collected a very dense set of temperature data for 11 years, from 1993 through 2004. The temperatures derived from these data extended over the mesosphere, from 45 to 90 km. This work will focus on the extensive Rayleigh lidar observations made during the seven major SSW events that occurred between 1993 and 2004. In order to determine the characteristics of the midlatitude mesospheric temperatures during SSWs, comparisons were made between the temperature profile on an individual night during a SSW event and the climatological (11-year average) temperature profile for that night. An overall disturbance pattern was observed in the mesospheric temperatures during these SSWs. It included coolings (sometimes very significant) in the upper mesosphere and warmings in the lower mesosphere.
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