The ASO team is deployed for the Mississippi Delta campaign. They have flown 2 of 3 expected surveys and flew the final survey on Tuesday, October 18.
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The ASO successfully completed the SnowEx baseline flights in Colorado.
The Airborne Snow Observatory has started collections for snow-off baseline data sets. This past week the plane has collected glacier targets in CA and then transited to CO where the team surveyed the Grand Mesa and Senator Beck in support of the SnowEx campaign.
ASO delivered last week’s data products to the CA water managers who updated their late-season predicts using the ASO data. These data were extremely valuable as we are into the portion of the season where many of the snow sensors have melted out. This week’s Tuolumne survey just completed on June 14.
The Airborne Snow Observatory in Mammoth Lakes, CA completed a survey of Tuolumne Basin on May 9. Processing for that flight is underway. The processed data and snow products for the Conejos basin in CO were delivered to the Colorado Water Conservation Board and will be utilized in long term water forecasting.
This past week, the ASO flight team completed surveys in the Rio Grande and Conejos basins in Colorado for the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
The ASO compute team finished processing the April 1 Tuolumne snow data products. It is a great improvement over the past two years of Mega drought conditions. In the image below you can compare the early April Snow Water Equivalent as calculated from ASO measurements in Thousands of Acre-Feed (TAF) over the past 4 years.
The Airborne Snow Observatory team is in full swing for 2016 snow-melt data collections. The flight team surveyed Olympic National Park last week and has done the first two Tuolumne acquisitions.
KTVU did a story about the February deployment of ASO. We had just finished collecting data in the Olympic Peninsula and then were flying the Tuolumne region out of Mammoth Lakes CA. That video is linked below:
The ASO team successfully completed the survey in Olympic Peninsula, WA, flew a few lines over transit targets in OR, and a full acquisition in Tuolumne Basin, CA. This wrapped up the first pre-season campaign.
Tom Painter, ASO PI, was cited in an article published in the Orange County Register entitled, “Good sign for winter? Another big snowstorm comes to the Sierras”.