January 31, 2011 to February 18, 2011
Project Location: 
Lyndonville, VT
Project Description: 

DOW Observations of New England Winter Storms :: DONEWS

Principal Investigator :: Nolan Atkins
When :: 31 January -  18 February 2011
Where:: Lyndon College - Lyndonville, VT
Facility :: Doppler on Wheels

It is proposed herein to deploy a Doppler on Wheels (DOW) weather radar during the period from 31 January – 18 February 2011 to collect data on winter storms affecting northern New England. This time period coincides with the climatological maximum of winter storms affecting northern New England. The proposed deployment will run concurrently with the Remote Sensing ATM 3110) course offered at Lyndon (where the theory and application of Doppler weather radar is taught. The course typically enrolls 15 undergraduate students.

During the proposed deployment,  Lyndon students will:

  1. be introduced to the components and operation of the DOW radar;
  2. plan, forecast, and lead the deployment of multiple missions designed to collect data on winter storms; and
  3. analyze the data as part of small group projects that will be presented in the Remote Sensing course.

It is possible that projects will be presented at the annual Northeastern Storms Conference and/or the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Student Conference held concurrently with the Annual Meeting. K‐12 students and teachers from nearby schools will also have the opportunity to learn about the operation and use of the DOW radar. See the complete DOWNEWS 1 Facility Request.

DOWNEWS in the News

Doppler on Wheels at Lyndon State College
16 February 2011


DOWNEWS Final Report

During the time period from 1 to 18 February, 2011, a Doppler on Wheels X-band, dual-polarization and dual frequency mobile radar was deployed at Lyndon State College (LSC). The two objectives for this educational project were to teach students in the LSC junior level Remote Sensing course how Doppler weather radars work. The second objective was to expose the greater Lyndon community to the radar and how it has been used in past projects to collect data on high impact weather events such as hurricanes and tornadic storms. Read the complete DOWNEWS 1 Final Report.