Chief Scientist: Watson/Fedor Flight Director: Damiano Doppler Radar: Daugherty Pilots: Tenneson/Kennedy Cloud Physics: --- Data Technician: Pradas Radiometer: Fedor Systems Engineer: Lynch/McNamara Observer: Takeoff Time: 1700 UTC Landing Time: 2127 UTC Official Mission Duration: 4.7 hrs Mission Breakdown VORTEX: 0.0 hrs ARM: 4.7 hrs Number of Data Tapes Used: Radar: 0 Cloud Physics: 1 Video: 3
Data Systems Log
Radar Data System Log Time On(UTC) Time Off(UTC) Comments NO RADAR DATA COLLECTED Cloud Physics Log Time On(UTC) Time Off(UTC) Comments 1715 2115 ETL Radiometer Log Time On (UTC) Time Off (UTC) Comments 1655 2130 Noisy data but unrecoverable
"What a perfect cloud deck!"
Surface low pressure system has moved eastward into Alabama with
associated low-level wrap-around moisture extending westward across Kansas
and Oklahoma. While stratocumulus (Sc) extended across eastern Oklahoma,
the P-3 flightplan was to perform an ARM 'cloudy' pattern at and
downwind from the Morris profiler and boundary facility.
Departure from OKC was at 1700 UTC, encountering cloud bases at 2000 ft AGL and cloud tops at approximately 5000 ft AGL. Sixty nautical mile aircraft tracks were set up and orientated NNE/SSW from near Morris towards the southwest. Outbound and inbound legs were executed in cloud, near cloud base, and above cloud tops. Two complete sets were completed beginning at 1733 UTC and ending at 2100 UTC. SC remained quite constant throughout the period with bases at 2000 ft AGL and tops at 6500 ft AGL.
The P-3 arrived back at OKC at 2127 UTC consuming 4.7 hours of flight time.