FSL in Review 2000 - 2001

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The cover photographs show weather events around Colorado and the Midwest, inset with a model display of active weather events that might prompt other dramatic photographic opportunities. The photographs are taken by Steve Albers, a Scientific Researcher for CIRA/FSL. The cover design and model output graphic are created by Paula McCaslin.

The figures are described from the top, clockwise.

  1. Double rainbow as seen near Grant's Pass, Oregon, in October 1979. The primary rainbow is the more prominent one inside, and the secondary rainbow is the fainter one outside. Note that the sky is darker in between the bows (referred to as Alexander's dark band) than inside the primary bow. Supernumerary bows are also visible inside the primary bow.

  2. Towering cumulonimbus clouds on a dryline near Plainview, Texas, in late May 1980.

  3. Iridescent mountain wave clouds seen from Boulder, Colorado, in November 1988. The iridescent colors are visible over an unusually large part of the sky in this photo taken on 35-mm film using a 28-mm wide-angle lens.

  4. Lightning photo taken from Parshall, North Dakota. Cloud-to-ground lightning is emanating from the flanking towers of the storm, then traveling perhaps 20,000 ft through clear air down to the ground.

  5. D2D weather displays showing moisture around Colorado on 10 July 2001: (upper left) 1800 UTC IR satellite image showing extent of a storm moving through Nebraska, (lower left) local radar scan at 1048 UTC, and (center-right) local METAR station data and the LAPS surface temperature and winds, valid at 0000 UTC.

  6. Bacxkground image is an iridescence cloud seen from NE Boulder, Colorado, in July 1994. A 500-mm telephoto lens was used with a 35-mm camera. The view is within about 10 degrees of the sun, with the lens stopped way down. When the illumination is so reduced, the vivid iridescent colors become visible as glare no longer washes out the colors. The weather was very hot (~100oF) with delicate wave clouds forming.


The editor of FSL in Review 2000 – 2001, Nita Fullerton, wishes to thank all who assisted in providing graphics for this report, especially Paula McCaslin and Philip McDonald, our in-house experts on the use of Vis5D software, and Will von Dauster and John Osborn, experts on the use of PhotoShop and other related software. Thanks also to Susan Carsten for her assistance in proofreading this report.

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FSL in Review

Fiscal Year 2000 Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2001 Projections

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July 2001
Nita Fullerton, Editor
E-Mail: Nita.Fullerton@noaa.gov

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