Application of the Aventech AIMMS20AQ airborne probe for turbulence measurements during the Convective Storm Initiation Project
Abstract. The Convective Storm Initiation Project (CSIP) took place during the summers of 2004 and 2005, centred on the research radar at Chilbolton, UK. Precursors to convective precipitation were studied, using a comprehensive and broad-based range of fieldwork and modelling. The principal aim of CSIP was the detection of the primary and secondary initiation of convective cells. The Universities Facility for Atmospheric Measurements (UFAM) Cessna 182 was used to map temperature and humidity fields over a broad area within and beyond the Chilbolton radar beam. Additionally, air motion was measured using a new turbulence probe, the AIMMS20AQ. The performance of the probe is critically appraised, based on calibrations, test flights and data flights flown during CSIP intensive operating periods. In general, the probe performed well, although some aspects require more careful data interpretation which we describe in detail.