Aerographer’s Mate Airman Mathew T. Chesko, right, and Aerographer’s Mate 3rd Class Josh C. Nelson launch a weather balloon from the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Navy scientists announced on June 21, 2012 that a newly discovered radar capability to detect individual cloud hydrometeors in the free atmosphere can impact future performance of combat systems and military decision making. “The Navy’s ultimate hope in understanding these cloud formations is to improve the description and forecasting of severe weather which in-turn would help the Navy and DOD in evaluating systems performance and in day-to-day decision making,” said Dr. Mark Anderson, a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division principal systems scientist who co-authored a paper entitled “Radar Observations of Individual Rain Drops in the Free Atmosphere” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
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