Total pressure

From Glossary of Meteorology

total pressure

(Also called stagnation pressure.) The sum of the static pressure and the dynamic pressure when these concepts are applicable.

Since this is the pressure at the stagnation point of a streamline, it is measured by an ideal Pitot tube directed exactly upstream. The total pressure satisfies the hydrostatic equation.

Copyright 2022 American Meteorological Society (AMS). For permission to reuse any portion of this work, please contact Any use of material in this work that is determined to be “fair use” under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act (17 U.S. Code § 107) or that satisfies the conditions specified in Section 108 of the U.S.Copyright Act (17 USC § 108) does not require AMS’s permission. Republication, systematic reproduction, posting in electronic form, such as on a website or in a searchable database, or other uses of this material, except as exempted by the above statement, require written permission or a license from AMS. Additional details are provided in the AMS Copyright Policy statement.