Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Where Is the DOW?

Given the lack of exciting weather, we are concentrating for now on learning the system so we are ready when the big storm hits.  Yesterday afternoon we deployed to a site along SR-111 that we can use to survey the entire Salt Lake Valley and Wasatch Mountains and spent some time slicing and dicing what wimpy clouds we could find.

This morning we have a team setting up at the mouth of Weber Canyon where we will see how the DOW does examining the valley exit jet.  Down canyon flow is evident at the Power Canyon site within the canyon, but Hill AFB as a light north wind.

At the Power Plant, winds are currently gusting to just over 20 miles per hour.  I suspect the flow is stronger at the canyon mouth, but this will probably end up being a moderate event.  Nevertheless, we'll see how the radar does in this environment.

Tomorrow (Thursday) we will hold an open house with the DOW on the east side of the Sutton and Browning Buildings on the University of Utah campus from 9 am to 1 pm.  Feel free to stop by and have a look.  

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