Deployment #2 continues. Visibilities at the DOW site are still in the 1/4 to 1/2 mile range. Winds seem to have increased, too, now 15 to 20 mph. Data collection is proceeding well with the DOW and UND's NorthPol radar collecting volume scans and RHIs. All three radars, including NWS's Mayville radar, are completing scans every ten minutes.
This afternoon's deployment is expected to continue for several more hours and a new crew is expected at the radar site later this afternoon. Having numerous teams of students operate the radar is an important education goal for the project and rotating the crews helps achieve this objective.
The forecast for Wednesday and Thursday still points toward another possible deployment for a significant storm moving in mid-week. Stay tuned for more details, and be sure to check our daily forecasts at http://stwrc.und.edu/snowdundr/fcsts/dailyfcst.html.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Snow has increased significantly at the DOW site with visibilities 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Winds have diminished and aggregate snow seems to be the dominant type. NorthPol operations have begun after a hardware replacement this morning, with a PPI volume scanning strategy planned for the now.
Keith, one of our DOW crew members this morning, took a photo of the DOW in the snow for your viewing pleasure. Thanks, Keith!
As mentioned yesterday and last evening, snow is expected across the domain today. DOW operations began around 8:30 am this morning. Light snow and fog are observed at the deployment location as of 8:40 am. A heavy snow band is currently impacting the Fargo area and is moving generally northeasterly and drifting slowly north.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the day.-DOW team