Photo taken from a research flight plane showing cloud physics probes

Probing the clouds

18 April 2013

This picture, taken by Graeme Nott, Met Office Senior Scientist and Instrument Specialist, was during a flight into Friedhelm, a storm over Scotland on 8 December 2011. The photo was taken towards the end of a two-flight sortie investigating the storm.

The cloud physics probes, which measure the size and number of cloud droplets and ice particles in cloud, can be seen under the wing of the aircraft.

The research flight formed part of the DIAMET (DIAbatic influences on Mesoscale structures in ExTratropical storms) project: a university-led project aiming to improve the forecasting of severe weather over the UK.

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