Meteorological data have been gathered from a moored surface buoy at
34°N, 70°W in the Long Term Upper Ocean Study (LOTUS) experiment. The
meteorological results from the first year of LOTUS are encouraging; the data
returned from redundant sensors agree closely. Surface heat fluxes calculated
from the observations show the annual cycle of heat transfer to the mixed
This report documents the meteorological sensors on the LOTUs-3
(May 1982-october 1982) and LOTUS-4 (November 1982-March 1983) surface buoys.
It describes in detail the telemetry of the meteorological data via the ARGOS
satellite system. The measurements returned from LOTUS-3 are presented and
evaluated. Monthly heat fluxes at the sea surface are computed using the bulk
formulas and compared with the long-term means. The errors in the heat fluxes
have been estimated.