MCS Electrification and Polarimetric Radar Study
May 15 - June 15, 1998
The National Severe Storms Laboratory hosted the MCS Electrification
and Polarimetric Radar Study (MEaPRS) field project from May 15 through
June 15, 1998. The two primary objectives of MEaPRS were 1) to investigate
MCS electrification processes, and 2) improve understanding of polarimetric
radar measurands. In the MCS electrification component, kinematic and microphysical
data collected by a NOAA
P-3 aircraft will be combined with balloon-borne electric
field meter measurements to refine currently existing conceptual models.
Several coinvestigators participated in the mobile ballooning with
instruments to record lightning field changes, particle charge, and x-rays.
In the polarization radar component, emphasis was placed on collecting high
quality microphysical data with
which to compare polarimetric measurements by the NSSL Cimarron radar.
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