January 19, 2003
Another non-launch day....we actually had
a fairly fantastic ion outflow event--the
EISCAT radar scientists said that they had
only ever seen one other such event, four
years ago in July--but we were out for winds:
the winds above the launch rail were too strong
and would have blown the booster rocket stage
back across Ny Alesund. So, we have had good
weather and no science, and now we have had
lousy weather and great science, so there
are only two permutations left, right?
We'll see what happens tomorrow, but we may
have poor weather for a little while yet. We
had fairly fierce winds this afternoon (15 m/s,
or 30 mph) and horizontal snow. I don't think
any of the snow ever lands, it just blows sideways
across the island.
I've attached an image of the flow fields during
our fish-that-got-away event this morning.