Standard Atmosphere

Weather / Environmental

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All hail Robert Boyle, the inventor of the atmosphere. Really? Well, he was the first to note that the pressure and volume of a gas are inversely proportional at a constant temperature and that led us to the . . .

Everything here is from the references shown below, with a few comments in an alternate color.

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Last revision:

20120301

Standard Atmosphere

International Standard Atmosphere

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Notes

[Shein]

  • Earth's long-term average global temperature is 59°F (15°C)
  • The average decrease in temperature with altitude through the lowest 11 km (approx. 36,000 ft) is roughly 6.5°C per 1000 m (3.6°F or 2°C/1000 ft).
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Aeronautical Information Manual

Shein, Karsten, "Common Sense and Winter Flying," Professional Pilot, Nov 2011