S127 Millersville University Educational DOW (MEDOW)

Sunday, 22 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Daniel Harp, AER, Pottstown, PA

Millersville University Educational DOW (MEDOW)

The Doppler on Wheels (DOW 6) visited Millersville University’s campus from March 30th to April 7th for the Millersville University Educational DOW (MEDOW) project.  The project was made possible by receiving an Educational Deployment grant from the National Science Foundation or NSF.  The project provided students the opportunity to see and operate the DOW while collecting real time data. The main objective of the MEDOW project was to allow students to apply what they learned the classroom to operate the DOW.  The DOW was taken out on three intense observation periods: April 2, 2016; April 4, 2016; and April 7, 2016. During these three IOPs, students from the Radar Meteorology, Meso- and Storm-Scale Meteorology and Physical Meteorology courses participated in collected the data from the radar scans.  This data was then analyzed by the students and were able to identify weather events that were not picked up by the surrounding radars due to them being too far away.  The DOW provided these students the chance to gain a stronger understanding of what is going on during a weather event and what is going on in the atmosphere. Instead of reading about the information, they were able to retrieve it, process it and analysis it.

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