February 13, 2013 to February 28, 2013
Project Location: 
Geneva, NY
Project Description: 

Geoscience Education and Outreach of Weather in New York using the DOW at Hobart & William Smith Colleges Project :: GEO-WIND-HWS

Principal Investigator :: Neil F. Laird and Nicholas D. Metz
Where :: Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
When:: 13 February - 1 March 1 2013
Facility :: Doppler on Wheels (DOW)


Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) is requesting a 17-day on-campus  deployment  of one of the dual polarimetric Doppler on Wheels (DOW) radars, managed by the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR), for the purposes of

  1. Education: Nearly 70 students from four atmospheric science courses offered by Drs. Laird and Metz during the spring 2013 semester will have opportunities to gain first hand knowledge of the DOW radar system though field work and exercises integrated into courses. Approximately 30 of these students will be Geoscience majors/minors. This subset of students will gain valuable experience with the planning, deployment, collection, and analysis of DOW measurements along with accompanying meteorological measurements from HWS mobile sounding and mesonet facilities during GEO-WIND-HWS project. The remaining 40 students, enrolled in an Introduction to Meteorology course (GEO182), will complete in class exercises using DOW radar data and have an opportunity to tour the DOW facility.
  2. Outreach: Several outreach events are planned both on the HWS campus and at regional universities and K-12 schools. These events will provide students, staff, and faculty,as well as the general public an opportunity to tour the DOW facility and learn about weather research. Additionally, the HWS admissions and communications offices plan to publicize the on campus events and invite television and other media outlets within the western and central New York region (Syracuse, Ithaca, and Rochester). We also plan to coordinate outreach events and data collection operations with the National Weather Service Forecast Offices (NWSFOs) in Binghamton, NY and Buffalo, NY.

>> Read the complete GEO-WIND-HWS Facility Request

GEO-WIND-HWS Final Report

The Doppler on Wheels (DOW) deployed to Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) from 13 - 28 February 2013. The objectives of the visit were to:

  1. allow students to gain experience in field collection of weather radar data,
  2. enhance student knowledge and understanding of conventional and dual-polarization weather radars,
  3. introduce real-time forecasting activities as part of determining DOW radar project deployment timing and location, and
  4. conduct several outreach events to provide the college community (i.e., students, staff, and faculty) and the general public across central New York opportunities to tour the DOW facility and learn about weather research.

>> Read the complete GEO-WIND-HWS Final Report