S129 Low-level Wind Comparisons Using Multiple Sensing Technologies

Sunday, 10 January 2016
Hall E ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Trenton Wade Spencer, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and E. F. Ruano, B. E. Barker, and D. T. Conlee

Low-level winds were observed simultaneously by multiple technologies as a part of the Texas A&M Summer Student Operational ADRAD Project (Summer SOAP) hands-on research program. These include remotely-sensed winds from a Sonic Detection and Ranging (SODAR) instrument provided by Atmospheric Sciences Corporation and the Velocity Azimuth Display (VAD) profiles from an NSF Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) Doppler on Wheels (DOW) as well as VAD profiles from the fixed ADRAD. The wind profiles are matched to launches of radiosondes by SOAP to complete the comparison. The resultant time-matched datasets are compared for similarities and differences, and strengths and weaknesses of the technologies are explored.
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