A few graduate students from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University
of Utah spent some time in Argentina taking part in the
RELAMPAGO- CACTI field campaign. The following photos and captions show a little bit about their field
U of U ATMOS Graduate Students in front of the DOW: (left to right) Mani Rajagopal,
Tom Gowan, McKenna Stanford, Zhixiao Zhang
The Doppler on Wheels (DOW) is shown in front of an approaching storm.
A rainbow arches over patches of hail from a recent hailstorm, which were prevalent
during this field campaign.
The DOE observing site at an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level, on the east
slopes of the Sierras de Cordobas mountain range. In view are a wind profiler (left),
numerous instrument trailers, the C-band radar (CSAPR-2_ and antennas for the X- and
Ka band radars.
Dopper On Wheels on the flat terrain east of the Sierras de Cordobas mountain range
as the leading edge of a convective storm or squall line cloud passes overhead.
Large group of students and experimenters on site near Cordoba, Argentina, on one
of the DOWs (Doppler radar On Wheels) that was used throughout the experiment to get
close to severe storms as they developed and moved. The field campaign was a cooperative
effort between DOE-funded
CACTI and NSF-funded RELAMPAGO. This region is now well-known as the location of some of the most severe thunderstorms
on the planet. Our students participated in this program in Nov-Dec 2018.
RELAMPAGO field campaign:
CACTI field campaign: