Project Status: 28 Feb 2007 (IOP7; Wednesday Mid-Day)
Isolated showers continue to pop up over the American River Basin, but they are shallow, small in size and short in duration. Model guidance suggests that this regime may continue for another 18 hours, but there won't be more than 0.1 to 0.2 inches of liquid in any 6 h period.
The SMART-R has been operating almost continuously (down for an hour yesterday when no echoes were within range) since last Saturday evening and with no apparent data problems. Truly, this has been a marathon effort for the SMART-R crew of Les Showell and Gordon Carrie.
Although the forecast calls for very small amounts of precipitation to fall overnight, we have decided to declare the end of IOP-7 at 00 UTC 1 March (4 pm PST). This will allow Les and Gordon to pack up the SMART-R and drive it down to Auburn prior to sunset, when the roads will become less safe. Tomorrow, Les will start to drive the SMART-R back to Norman. We wish him safe travels