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But First, Public Relations
Jun 22, 2015       
This past week, members of the University of Oklahoma (OU) and National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Boundary Layer Integrated Sensing and Simulation (BLISS) research team embarked on a seven-week long field campaign, PECAN. Principal investigator Dave Turner, NSSL, is directing the team in studying mesoscale convective systems, convective initiation, lower-atmosphere gravity waves, and low-level jets. [...]

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Life in the PECAN Operations Center
Jun 12, 2015       
I have spent the first week of PECAN in the operations center serving as the coordinator of the fleet of mobile vehicles that provide remotely sensed profiles of temperature, humidity, and winds. Here is an excerpt of a typical day’s work… To set the stage: PECAN has four different but related scientific foci, and each [...]

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Cow Pastures and Oil Rigs
Dec 23, 2014       
It is four-thirty on a Sunday morning when my cellphone chirps, rousing me from my deep sleep. As I transition from a horizontal to vertical state, and amidst the muddled fog of dream fragments, I am struck with a thought. One that will float through my mind many times throughout the next three days: I’m going [...]

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