Mobile Upper Air Operations in Support of the MPEX Field Experiment
Texas A&M's role in the experiment was to serve as one of four mobile radiosonde teams that were strategically placed in the areas of forecasted convection to collect serial soundings as storms developed, matured and decayed. During our involvement, a total of 22 iMet radiosondes were launched from a mobile platform, with multiple sondes being released in rapid succession for each intensive ground observation period. The data from these launches were normally collected using two separate ground stations for a high rate of flight success. The addition of a fourth team from Texas A&M allowed for the modification of the sensing strategy into a “collapsing box” enabling increased radiosonde temporal resolution and coverage.
Several interesting cases of collected radiosonde data will be presented, including soundings which appeared to be entrained into convection and/or affected by lightning or simultaneous sonde interference. We will also address launch and data capture techniques developed for these extremely fast-paced mobile operations including lessons-learned for future field operations.