EDIT: oh yeah...we had a bonus during the launch. OU's RaXPol dual-pol mobile radar was performing RHIs (or vertical scanning along the range) as we launched the balloon and as the balloon ascended thru the cloud layer
First launch was released in freezing drizzle, sleet and probably a few flurries. The balloon stalled (most likely due to icing) b/w 700 and 600 mb and the instruments ended up near Shawnee.
The last balloon was released (at 2AM!) in a moderate snowfall, with some pretty decent aggregates. This balloon went flying! Ascended to 75 mb and got into a 75 m/s jet! It has landed near Disney, Oklahoma.
These launches are in support of winter weather and radar research being conducted at the University of Oklahoma/Cooperative Institute of Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory.
SHAVE (requisition number: 13749):
Radar QC (requisition number: 13748):
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