Mission Summary
20090815N1 Aircraft 49RF
SALEX flight about Trop. Dep. #2 2009

Aircraft Crew (49RF)
Aircraft CommanderJohn Logenecker
Co-pilotKristie Twining
Flight DirectorPaul Flaherty
Flight DirectorJess Williams
Data system OperatorJohn Hill
Dropsonde OperatorJoe Greene
Dropsonde OperatorCharles Lynch
Scientific Crew (49RF)
Lead Project ScientistSim Aberson
Dropsonde ScientistBachir Annane

Mission Plan :

A SALEX mission around TD02 (Ana) east of Barbados. A star pattern was to be executed to sample the storm and environment with dropwindsondes in all quadrants.

Mission Summary :

Figure 1 Total Precipitable Water overlain with dropwindsonde data at 700hPa.

The mission was fully successful with one fast fall sonde, the remainder working fine. Ana was small and weak, and barely showed up in the dropwindsonde data except at low levels. The flight pattern was modified during the flight to sample regions of moist and dry air and the high-gradient regions between them. Figure 1 shows the flight pattern flown, with 700 hPa station plots overlain on total precipitable a satellite water retrieval closest to the time of the mission. The data do not correspond exactly since the mission occurred over 8 h, whereas the satellite retrieval is an instantaneous snapshot. Note that a circulation at 700 hPa is barely visible in the data. A strong jet at 700 hPa (> 45 kt) is visible to the northeast and north of Ana.

Figure 2 shows the surface observations. The lowest pressure observed was 1009 hPa. Surface wind speeds of >30 kt were sampled well north of the center.

By 500 hPa (Fig. 3), the circulation is seen to be tilted toward the east. AT 200 hPa (Fig. 4), the strong easterly flow over the center is evident, though some outflow on the northern side is seen. This outflow was strong enough to keep Ana going weakly, but he combination of dry air and shear eventually caused it to weaken.

Figure 3 shows the 500 mb observations.

It is unlikely that any model was able to have initial vortices that had the vertical structure seen in the data. This is a very good case for initialization and data assimilation tests.

Figure 4 shows the 200 mb observations.

Problems :

Mission Data :

PDF of drop log

Pressure height maps of dropsonde data
100mb map
200mb map
250mb map
300mb map
400mb map
500mb map
700mb map
850mb map
925mb map
1000mb map
surface map

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