Monday, October 24, 2011
"Storm Chasing" Plans for the Coming Week
Mother nature is not cooperating this week by giving us a big storm, but we will be doing some "storm chasing" anyway with the Doppler on Wheels (DOW).
Today we are planning to deploy around 2 PM, check out the site lines at a possible lake-effect observing site in the west valley, and then setup along I-80 near Salt Air and Lake Point to examine the cold front as it moves across the Great Salt Lake. We anticipate this will be a dry cold-front passage, so we'll be using the clear-air Doppler velocity capabilities of the DOW to examine the flow associated with the cold front and it's interaction with the stable boundary layer over the Great Salt Lake.
Tomorrow we hope to deploy, possibly east of the Wasatch, to examine whatever clouds and precipitation develop during the afternoon. The NAM model is optimistic of some action over the Uintas, which perhaps we'll be able to sample from the ridge between Park City and Kamas, but we'll see if Mother Nature cooperates.
On Wednesday we may try to examine canyon outflows in the morning, before napping in the afternoon.
Finally, on Thursday, we will have an open house on the University of Utah campus from about 9 am to 1 pm next to the Frederick Albert Sutton and William Browning Buildings. Come by and visit us.