Tuesday 26th February
Settling in to Andøya on the first day of the campaign
Weather Outlook: Strong
winds developing along eastern
Flight plan for tomorrow: Map
south-easterly flow coming off the coast from Andøya to the Kola Peninsula; map
out the Arctic front to the south of
When we came in this morning at 7:30am we looked at the
satellite images and saw that the cyclone had moved further west than predicted
and looked to have weakened overnight.
It was now sitting over the ice-edge to the east of
After a traditional Norwegian meal of salted cod, we returned to our computers only briefly before being lured away from them by the lovely smells coming from the kitchen. It seems that there’s no quicker way to clear a room full of scientists than to announce that the cook has just made waffles for everyone! This is apparently a common way to end a meal; to have waffles topped with various combinations of jam, cream and cheese. The Norwegians insisted that I abandon my fork and use my hands instead, which they could have told me before I’d piled lots of jam and cream on the top of the waffles! I then went for a drive (don’t worry, it wasn’t me doing the driving on the icy roads) to see downtown Andenes, and spotting a glow in the sky as we were returning, we drove a little south to where there were no street lights and got out of the car to see magnificent green shimmering lights stretching across the sky against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Jealous yet? Unfortunately despite my attempts with my little camera, and our cameraman’s more sophisticated attempts with a better camera, the lights proved too dim to see on the screen. We hope that the lights will return, and be even stronger so that we can capture them on film.
Note: what follows is not intended to be understood by non-meteorologists, so if you’re not interested in the weather then I suggest you stop reading and go look at the pretty pictures instead!
Currently: The lee
low which formed yesterday to the west of
UKMO SAPs have a sensitive region to the north of Andøya, from
The SV SAPs have the sensitive region in a much more intuitive position – in and to the west of the verification region. This makes sense dynamically because the 500hPa flow is weak westerly in the northern part of the verification region and stronger westerly in the southern part of the verification region.