Wednesday 12th March
Weather Outlook: Easterly winds persist, northerly flow returning at the end of the week.
Flight plan for tomorrow: Down day.
In order to capture the strong winds off the coast of
Nordland and Trøndelag today it was necessary to have an early take-off,
between 07-08UTC. Flight
planning therefore recommenced at 5:30am, although I’ve heard that only a brave
few helped with this. Also with
an early start was Ivan, heading off to Narvik to go hunting in the wilds of
The team spent the rest of the day passing the time until
dinner. At the afternoon briefing
meeting Andreas gave an update on the condition of the Falcon – out of action
until Friday – and we started planning for the weekend. The last two days of the campaign look to be
promising, so we will save our remaining flight hours for these days. With polar lows forecast for Sunday, the
campaign could end on a high note! Campaign
dinners are traditionally held at the end of the campaign, but because several
people are leaving (and indeed Erik and Ivan have already left) before then the
dinner has been brought forward to tonight. Thus ends my blog for the day, as we are
shortly heading off to the restaurant. I
updated the photo album today, with photos from walks around the nearby fishing
There’s little to add from yesterday. The polar low development is still in the forecasts for the weekend, although the location and track has changed and it now looks like it won’t hit Andøya until Tuesday.
The SAPs highlight similar regions as sensitive as they did yesterday. The flow today is similar to yesterday, thus the sensitive regions haven’t really moved. The ETKF SAPs highlight the region to the north of Andøya, and the SV SAPs highlight the region to the east of the low pressure system, within the verification region.