Artwork of an aircraft for FASTEX weather research

Artwork of an aircraft for FASTEX weather research

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Credit: MUNOZ-YAGUE/EURELIOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Storm research. Artwork of an aircraft using radar during the FASTEX (Fronts & Atlantic Storm Tracks Experiment) weather study. The aircraft's double- beam ASTRAIA/ELDORA radar monitors air movements in 3 dimensions. The radar waves (white circles at the aircraft's rear) are at angles of 17 degrees forwards & backwards. Each beam sweeps round in a circle and uses the Doppler effect to monitor the air along a 10 kilometre track in 60 seconds, a time too short for the weather system 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.

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Keywords: aircraft, art, artwork, atlantic weather, atmosphere, climate, cyclone research, fastex, fastex research, radar, research, storm research, weather research

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