First ARM Site Operational in Oklahoma in this experiment is understanding the strong influ- On 5 June 1992, the Department of Energy's assis- ence of the waves on the winds. tant secretary for the environment, safety, and health The information collected will improve the reliability approved and issued a Finding of No Significant of wave forecasting and help scientists understand Impact, enabling the first Atmospheric Radiation Mea- more about climate change and the oceans and how surement Program Cloud and Radiation Testbed site the oceans affect our weather. near Lamont, Oklahoma, to expand its operations to include permanent placement of instruments, access NASA Starts MicroburstWindshea r Warning Flight road improvements, etc. ARM will contribute substan- Research tially to an improved predictive capability of climate NASA today started the first flight test in Denver of change, particularly as it relates to cloud-climate feed- a laser-based sensor to provide airline pilots with back dynamics. Over the next 12 months, a phased advance warning of "microbursts" that can harbor deployment of instruments will proceed until the cen- potentially dangerous windshears. tral site and the various auxiliary, boundary, and A microburst is an intense downdraft that produces extended sites are fully operational. Most
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 1992
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