28 Feb 2016
STATUS: IOP watch continues for Thur 4 Mar operations.
A shakedown mission will likely occur Tuesday evening/night for participants who are present in Northern AL. A second wave should move through the region on Thur. Currently, the warm sector looks too cool/stable with the Thur system, but the forecast will evolve and bears watching.
Mid-March, commencing ~10th, looks active as a strong Pacific jet starts moving into the US.
Sat 27 Feb 2016
Status: IOP Watch for possible IOP commencing Thur 3 March
As expected yesterday, the PI’s have agreed to cancel the IOP watch for Tuesday because this system appears to be too marginal in terms of low-level shear and CAPE.
The PI’s decided to commence a new IOP watch for Thursday. Details are murky concerning the track and intensity of this wave, with a consequent murkiness in expectations concerning the warm sector location and CAPE.
Investigators who will be northern AL for other reasons are encouraged to communicate about possible informal “shake-down” deployments between now and Thursday, especially with the expected marginal convection on Tue afternoon/evening.
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