RELAMPAGO (Remote sensing of Electrification, Lightning, And Mesoscale/microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations, translates to lightning flash in Spanish and Portuguese) is a project funded by the US National Science Foundation to bring US resources to the field to observe convective storms that produce high impact weather in the lee of the Andes mountains in Argentina. It will also involve significant contributions from NASA, NOAA, Argentina (MINyCT), Brazil (CNPq and FAPESP), and Chile (CONICYT), as well as universities across the region, Argentina’s national meteorological service (Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, SMN) and Brazil’s space agency (INPE) that governs Brazil’s weather and climate prediction service (CPTEC). RELAMPAGO Extended Observing Period will be 15 August 2018 – 30 April 2019, while the Intensive Observing Period will be 1 November – 15 December 2018.
CACTI (Clouds, Aerosols, and Complex Terrain Interactions) is a US Department of Energy (DOE) funded project to study orographic clouds and their representation in multi-scale models for 15 Aug 2018 – 31 Mar 2019. It will involve the AMF-1 cloud-aerosol-radiation observatory, the Mobile Aerosol Observing System (MAOS), the CSAPR-2 precipitation radar, and a surface meteorological network. It will also bring intensive airborne observations during RELAMPAGO through the deployment of the G-1 aircraft.
Read more about CACTI: DOE ARM CACTI overview