Today is our last day collecting data with the DOW. Tomorrow we start packing to go home.
Guess what? The hydraulics that life the truck went out yesterday so I had to hold the truck up while the others continued to collect data! Just kidding, but the picture is pretty fun! If you look closely, you can see the legs that are actually holding up the truck behind the tires.
We were parked on a hill and the DOW has to be level when it operates because the scientists want to look at the same height in the sky (in the atmosphere) in every direction. The radar scans round and round in a circle, and if the truck isn't level it would be scanning higher in one direction than the other. Even though this hill doesn't seem steep when you stand on it, the front of the DOW was about 1 1/2 feet (1/2 meter) off the ground - which made for some fun photos!
Postcards from the Field: COPS