Abstract

On 30 June 1981 the wind fields around an Oklahoma severe thunderstorm were observed in detail using an airborne Doppler lidar operated by NASA. Despite uncertainties caused by inertial navigation errors and problems in sampling some of the aircraft attitude and motion parameters, reasonably clear pictures of the distributions of relative reflectivity, horizontal wind velocity, and velocity spectral width near the cloud base have been obtained. Aspects of the design and functioning of the NASA lidar relevant to the collection and analysis of the data are described.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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