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Atmospheric scattering effects on ground-based measurements of thermospheric vertical wind, horizontal wind, and temperature

 Editor’s Highlight—


Large vertical winds have been reported for decades without acceptable explanations. The hypothesis offered in this paper, and supported by model simulations, provides a very convincing reason for the unexplained large vertical winds reported over the years, namely that atmospheric scattering in the lower atmosphere of spectral signals originating in the thermosphere can affect the vertical winds determined by the zenith-looking Fabry-Perot interferometers sensors on the ground.