Help Inform TRACER Operations Through Forecasting Exercise

Published: 21 April 2020

Editor’s note: Scott Collis, an atmospheric scientist and ARM radar data translator from Argonne National Laboratory, sent in this blog post about the TRacking Aerosol Convection interactions ExpeRiment (TRACER).

Stormy Houston, Texas, skyline
The TRacking Aerosol Convection interactions ExpeRiment (TRACER) will take place around Houston, Texas, from April 2021 through April 2022. Photo is by Alex Kotsakis, University of Houston (now at the Universities Space Research Association).

This week the TRACER Science and Operations workshop was held as a virtual meeting. Many subjects were covered, including the need to forecast weather elements of interest to the campaign stakeholders. Key stakeholders are the ARM Radar Engineering team and the ARM Mobile Facility operations crew.

The multi-agency forecasting effort will be a remote exercise starting June 16, 2020. This effort is in the formative stage, but it will include volunteers from across the science enterprise. If you are interested in helping with the forecasting effort, staying informed of TRACER atmospheric conditions, and/or research in weather and forecasting around the TRACER campaign, please fill out this sign-up form. You can also opt in to the TRACER Slack workspace as part of the sign-up process.

We are all excited for great science out of Houston for TRACER, and the forecasting effort will help inform operations and provide a lasting record of the atmospheric phenomena that fascinate all of us!

If you have any questions, contact Scott Collis or the TRACER science lead, Michael Jensen.