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Project Status: 1 March 2006 (Wednesday)

At the present time (20 UTC) partly cloudy skies dominate the ARB. IOP-13 is set up to begin late tonight. Radars should plan on starting operations by 06 UTC (10 PM PST) and continue to at least 12 UTC Friday morning (4 AM PST). The SMART-R will then depart for home, but the XPOL could operate a few hours longer.

Oakland (OAK) supplemental soundings will commence at 09 UTC Thursday morning and end at 09 UTC Friday morning. That will exhause all available NWS supplementary soundings.

Sloughhouse soundings--will commence at 09 UTC Thursday and will continue at 3-hourly intervals to 12 UTC Friday.

The may be a precip lull Thursday mid-day before a second round of heavier rain Thursday night to Friday. Rain should taper off by 18 UTC Friday.

Total QPF for the system(s) may exceed 2.5". Freezing levels will start out around 5 kft and then descend to 2 kft toward the end of the event.

Looking farther ahead there maybe another shot of precip 6-7 March, and again on 10-11 March, but the good tropical feed of PW is drying up beginning now.

--Jorgensen