SIO Melville lab had our last day of flying the MASS system yesterday. Again we experienced clear skies and windy conditions which provided good signal for our sensor suite. We flew an additional calibration flight after the science flight to wrap things up and spent the day today backing up data and packing up to head home after a successful campaign.
SIO Melville lab had another successful four hour flight today. We overflew a Sally Ride transect before doing the usual cross-shore low altitude and alongshore high altitude legs. Still plenty of wind and waves on site and mostly clear skies with a few developing clouds at the end of the flight.
After cloudy conditions limited the previous two days of flights to the very North end of the experimental site, today the SIO Melville lab was greeted with clear conditions throughout the region. Total flight time was 8 hours over the course of two flights with a variety of altitudes and headings flown to best sample the high wind/wave conditions.
L to R: Surface wave modulation across an internal wave, looking North toward Point Sal from offshore Purisima Point with today’s larger waves, Lion’s head radar station on the cliff in front of large waves breaking south of Point Sal.
Today the SIO Melville lab had a successful 4.5 hour flight. There were no clouds on site for the duration of the flight and the wind picked up for good wave measurements with the lidar. The flight track included multiple high altitude alongshore passes to capture an overview of the area as well as nine separate cross shore legs at lower altitudes to measure the variation in the wave field throughout the experiment site. An additional calibration flight was also flown in the late afternoon. Click on images for full size.
Today the SIO Melville lab was limited by a persistent cloud layer but we were still able to fit in a 3.5 hour flight at a reduced altitude of 2000ft. We flew a grid pattern above the ship tracks near Guadalupe, alongshore tracks from Oceano to Purisima Point, and cross-shore tracks originating from Guadalupe and Purisima Point. Click on images for full size.