El Paso/Las Cruces fog. Although not appropriate for the battlefield, ac- tive imaging may be used for aircraft navigation by Sixteen members and guests attended the 28 April putting imaging systems on each wing. These systems 1999 meeting, which included traveling to the White Sands Missile Range meteorology branch offices. would illuminate from one side while viewing from Dave Novlan, chief forecaster for meteorology branch, the other for both sides, then combine the images, began the presentation with a description of the ex- throwing out the backscatter. treme "downsizing" experienced by the meteorologi- The 23 June 1999 meeting attracted 16 attendees. cal support group at White Sands. Attendees were then Robert Mullenax from Palestine, Texas, spoke about shown some of the automated tools that make it pos- the National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF). He sible for a small group of dedicated personnel to con- is a meteorologist with a degree from Texas A&M tinue to provide the required weather data and forecasts University and is employed by the New Mexico State to the White Sands Missile Range. University Physical Science Laboratory. Mullenax provided some history on scientific ballooning, which Eric Hatfield demonstrated the Convective began in the 1940s near
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Published: Nov 1, 1999
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