Title

Comparison of Concurrent Radar and Aircraft Measurements of Cirrus Clouds

Document Type

Data

Publication Date

2020

Keywords

Cirrus Clouds, Citation Research Aircraft, Mid-course Radar

Abstract

The instrumented North Dakota Citation Research Aircraft and the Navy’s Mid-Course Radar (MCR), a high-resolution radar, obtained concurrent measurements of anvil cirrus clouds during seven research flights over Cape Canaveral, Florida in the summer of 2015 (CAPE2015). The Citation Research Aircraft is equipped with instruments for measuring GPS location and altitude, pressure, temperature, dew point temperature, and wind velocity, as well as set of cloud physics instruments. The MCR is a C-band, dual-polarization, Doppler radar with the capability of switching between two waveforms, a low-resolution beam and a high-resolution beam. Two radar reflectivity data sets are included: an observed radar reflectivity factor data set from the MCR and a derived equivalent radar reflectivity factor data set obtained from microphysical probes onboard the Citation Research Aircraft.

Department/Program

Atmospheric Studies

Instruments

Two-Dimensional Stereo (2D-S) probe, High Volume Particle Spectrometer version 3 (HVPS3) probe, Nevzorov Total and Liquid Water Content Probe, Applanix Position and Orientation System for Airborne Vehicles, Rosemount Total Temperature Probe, Two-Dimensional Cloud (2D-C) probe, Tunable Diode Laser Hygrometer, Edgetech Dew Point Sensor, Mid-Course Radar (MCR)

Processing Level

4

Projects

Cape2015 Field Project

File Types

ASCII

DOI

10.31356/data016

Location

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station/Kennedy Space Center, Florida; Titusville, Florida

North Boundary

29 Degrees 0 Minutes North Latitude

West Boundary

81 Degrees 0 Minutes West Longitude

East Boundary

79 Degrees 30 Minutes West Langitude

South Boundary

27 Degrees 45 Minutes North Latitude

Temporal Resolution

1 Hz

Start Date

31-7-2015 6:18 PM

End Date

2-8-2015 10:00 PM

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