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Mid-latitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment

Global Water & Energy Cycle, Weather

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The Campaign

The Mid-latitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) was a collaborative effort between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission Ground Validation (GV) program and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. The purpose was to provide a three-dimensional characterization of convective clouds and precipitation for the purpose of improving the representation of convective lifecycle in atmospheric models and the reliability of satellite-based retrievals of precipitation. The campaign took place in central Oklahoma during the April–June 2011 period and utilized the ARM ground-based observing infrastructure and the NOAA NEXRAD infrastructure in the central United States in addition to radar and in situ precipitation instruments placed throughout the region specifically for the campaign. The NASA ER-2 aircraft flew over this continental region.

2011-04-22 — 2011-06-06


Central Oklahoma, Southern Plains

boreal spring, boreal summer


N: 43°N

S: 28°N

W: 121°W

E: 91°W

Additional Notes

MC3E is one of several campaigns operated under the Ground Validation activities for the GPM satellite.

CONVECTION
PRECIPITATION
HYDROMETEORS
CLOUDS
MIDLATITUDE CONVECTIVE CLOUDS
PHYSICAL PROCESSES
THERMODYNAMICS
MICROPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
UPDRAFT AND DOWNDRAFT DYNAMICS
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    5 CDCPs

    continental geography

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GPM, GPM GV, PMM

Ramesh Kakar

Michael Jensen

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