A Preliminary Examination of Data Obtained during the Ontario Winter Lake-Effect Systems Project

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Sunday, 2 February 2014
Hall C3 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Christopher J. Johnston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL; and J. W. Frame, S. Steiger, J. Wurman, and K. A. Kosiba

The Ontario Winter Lake-Effect Systems (OWLeS) project is a joint field campaign conducted from December 2013 to January 2014 in the area surrounding Lake Ontario. The main scientific objectives of this project are to understand the cloud microphysics and dynamics of lake-effect systems (LeS; cells, mesoscale vortices, orographic precipitation enhancement, and singular and multiple bands) and improve quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) and quantitative precipitation forecasts (QPF) of LeS snowfall. The campaign utilizes a number of remote sensing and in-situ observation systems from various research and academic facilities to accomplish this study. These systems include: the University of Wyoming King Air (UWKA), the Center for Severe Weather Research Doppler on Wheels (DOW) X-band dual-polarimetric mobile radars, the Millersville University Profiling System (MUPS), the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) Mobile Integrated Profiling System (MIPS) and several mobile rawinsonde systems. Preliminary analysis of the data acquired during this project will be exhibited.