The Bow Echo and MCV Experiment (BAMEX): Observations and Opportunities

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Davis, C., and Coauthors, 2004: The Bow Echo and MCV Experiment (BAMEX): Observations and Opportunities. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 85, 1075-1093, doi:10.1175/BAMS-85-8-1075.
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Title:The Bow Echo and MCV Experiment (BAMEX): Observations and Opportunities
Abstract: The Bow Echo and Mesoscale Convective Vortex Experiment (BAMEX) is a research investigation using highly mobile platforms to examine the life cycles of mesoscale convective systems. It represents a combination of two related investigations to study (a) bow echoes, principally those that produce damaging surface winds and last at least 4 h, and (b) larger convective systems that produce long-lived mesoscale convective vortices (MCVs). The field phase of BAMEX utilized three instrumented research aircraft and an array of mobile ground-based instruments. Two long-range turbo-prop aircraft were equipped with pseudodual-Doppler radar capability, the third aircraft was a jet equipped with dropsondes. The aircraft documented the environmental structure of mesoscale convective systems (MCSs), observed the kinematic and thermodynamic structure of the convective line and stratiform regions (where rear-inflow jets and MCVs reside), and captured the structure of mature MCVs. The ground-based instruments augmented sounding coverage and documented the thermodynamic structure of the PBL, both within MCSs and in their environment. The present article reviews the scientific goals of the study and the facility deployment strategy, summarizes the cases observed, and highlights the forthcoming significant research directions and opportunities.
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Publisher's Version: 10.1175/BAMS-85-8-1075
  • Christopher Davis - NCAR/UCAR
  • Nolan Atkins
  • Diana Bartels - NCAR/UCAR
  • Lance Bosart
  • Michael Coniglio
  • George Bryan - NCAR/UCAR
  • William Cotton
  • David Dowell - NCAR/UCAR
  • Brian Jewett
  • Robert Johns
  • David Jorgensen
  • Jason Knievel - NCAR/UCAR
  • Kevin Knupp
  • Wen-Chau Lee - NCAR/UCAR
  • Gregory McFarquhar
  • James Moore - NCAR/UCAR
  • Ron Przybylinski
  • Robert Rauber
  • Bradley Smull
  • Robert Trapp
  • Stanley Trier - NCAR/UCAR
  • Roger Wakimoto
  • Morris Weisman - NCAR/UCAR
  • Conrad Ziegler
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