PLOWS was developed as a two year campaign. The first year was ground-based only, and the second year involved the use of the National Center for Atmospheric Research NCAR C-130 aircraft. The first year campaign, occurring over the ~2 month period from February 6, 2009-March 31, 2009, involved the University of Alabama (UAH) Mobile Integrated Profiling System (MIPS), the UAH Mobile Alabama X-Band (MAX) Dual Polarization Doppler Radar, the NCAR Mobile Integrated Sounding System (MISS), and the University of Missouri (UM) rawinsonde system. The second year campaign occurred between November 1, 2009 and March 10, 2010 with a one month break from December 15-January 14, and included the same platforms as the first plus the C-130.
At the University of Illinois, we are pursuing a number of research avenues involving data analysis and modeling. We are analyzing detailed, high resolution observations of precipitation substructures using four mobile ground-based observing systems, the University of Alabama at Huntsville Mobile Integrated Profiling System, the Mobile Alabama X-band dual polarization radar, and the NCAR Mobile Integrated Sounding System, and the University of Missouri sounding system, along with the NCAR C-130 Aircraft equipped with microphysical probes and the Wyoming Cloud Doppler Radar and Cloud Lidar. We will also simulate the precipitation substructures using the Weather Research and Forecasting Model at high horizontal and vertical resolution . You can learn more about the datasets and the project at the PLOWS website. As of early 2011, we are working hard on analysis and expect the first publications to come out in about a year.