Aircraft used in FASTEX weather research

Aircraft used in FASTEX weather research

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Credit: MUNOZ-YAGUE/EURELIOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Storm research. Radar dome of an aircraft used in the FASTEX (Fronts & Atlantic Storm Tracks Experi- ment) weather study. The double-beam ASTRAIA/ELDO- RA radar in the dome uses the Doppler effect to monitor air movements in 3 dimensions. The radar beams point at angles of 17 degrees forwards & backwards. They sweep round in circles and can monitor the air along a 10 kilometre track in 60 seconds, too short a time for the weather to change. The FASTEX study is designed to discover what factors turn a normal low-pressure weather system (cyclone) into a storm, and to use these in computer models to improve weather forecasting. Photograph of an Electra L188L aircraft in Ireland.

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Keywords: aircraft, atlantic weather, atmosphere, climate, cyclone research, electra l188, fastex, fastex research, radar dome, research, storm research, weather research

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