Mobile UIUC Soundings IMPACTS dataset published

The NASA Global Hydrology Resource Center (GHRC) DAAC published the Mobile UIUC Soundings IMPACTS dataset. This dataset consists of atmospheric sounding data collected by rawinsondes launched during the Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms (IMPACTS) field campaign. These data include vertical profiles of atmospheric temperature, relative humidity, pressure, wind speed, and wind direction. Specifically, these rawinsondes were provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). IMPACTS was a three-year sequence of winter season deployments conducted to study snowstorms over the U.S Atlantic Coast. The campaign aimed to (1) Provide observations critical to understanding the mechanisms of snowband formation, organization, and evolution; (2) Examine how the microphysical characteristics and likely growth mechanisms of snow particles vary across snowbands; and (3) Improve snowfall remote sensing interpretation and modeling to significantly advance prediction capabilities. The sounding data files are available in netCDF-4 format from January 18 through February 27, 2020, though it should be noted that this dataset will be updated in subsequent years of the IMPACTS campaign.

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