Operation Cloud Lab snippets

A few people have asked about footage from our journey across the US in 2014, there are a number of clips still live on the BBC website….

Trailerthe original trailer, the Cloud Lab shows were part of a short season of programmes built around the umbrella of “Life in the Clouds”

Out of control‘ when the wind gets hold of the airship there’s little you can do about it. In Galveston we ‘sat out’ a storm system for five days

Weighing a cloud, this has to be one of the programme highlights, no one has every do it before (to our knowledge). The figures are quite surprising, although if you think about it they do make sense, there are plenty of images of roof collapse due to snow build up (google images). Accuweather even tell you how to calculate roof snow load and all this weight drops out of the sky from those little fluffy clouds (sorry I had to do it…..)

Felicity (Aston) also put pen to paper for the BBC blogsite



About Jim McQuaid

Atmospheric scientist (chemist by birth). Working in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds). Often found in close proximity to the FAAM146 research aircraft. Previously I provided some science (and cloud weighing skills!) to the BBC Cloud Lab project as well as making clouds for BBC Wild Weather series.... (more... http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/j.mcquaid) @jimmcquaid
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