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From: Janine Goldstein
Germany, August 5, 2007

Janine Goldstein studying thunderstorms in South-Western Germany

Hi! My name is Janine Goldstein and I am a software engineer at NCAR in the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL). I have worked at NCAR for 17 years. This summer I am in Germany helping to operate a radar that is mounted on the back of a truck. It is called the "Doppler on Wheels" or DOW for short. In the picture above, the radar is the big circular dome on the right. It is facing toward you, but a little to the left. The DOW and I are in Germany for a project called the "Convective and Orographically-Induced Precipitation Study (COPS)". Scientists from Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, and the U.K are all working together to try and gain a better understanding of how and why thunderstorms form in the region of the Black Forest with the goal of being able to make better forecasts in the future.

I will be in Germany for two more weeks and I will be sending online postcards to Windows to the Universe. I hope you enjoy my postcards from the field.

Janine

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