The PLOWS program is a study of winter cyclones in Illinois and nearby states, particularly examining fronts and other structures (e.g. precipitation bands) around the storms. The lead PI for the project is Prof. Bob Rauber at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), with co-PIs Greg McFarquhar (UIUC), Brian Jewett (UIUC) and Kevin Knupp (Univ. Alabama-Huntsville).
EOL is supporting two phases, the first in February 2009 with MISS (Mobile Integrated Sounding System), and the second from November 2009 to March 2010 with MISS and the C-130 carrying dropsondes, the Wyoming cloud radar and lidar. Besides EOL instrumentation, the PIs will use the University of Alabama MIPS and X-band radar, Nexrad radars, and other instruments. There is also an EOL Field Catalog for the project.
- PLOWS Home Page at UIUC
- PLOWS Home Page at EOL
- PLOWS Field Catalog (Phase I)
- PLOWS Field Catalog (Phase II)
- MISS Web Page for Pre-PLOWS (Feb-Mar 2009) (Phase I)
- MISS Web Page for PLOWS (Nov 2009 - Feb 2010) (Phase II)
- Data Access
EOL Contacts for PLOWS are:
William Brown (for ground based observations, MISS)
Al Schanot (for aircraft observations, C-130)