THE COSMIC DIARY NETWORK

Dust Devil Fieldwork #5: Summary
Published 7/11/2019 in Lori Fenton's Blog Author lfenton
July 11, 2019 This is Part 5 of a series on my dust devil fieldwork in 2019 (see Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4). We came back home a couple of weeks ago. I'd say our field campaign was a great success, considering how much data we collected. I've started sorting through it and it's going to take me a while to start making sense of it. I want to give a shout out to our undergraduate students from St. Lawrence University, Banner Cole and Owen Sprau, and to our graduate student from UCLA, Taylor Dorn. There's no way we could have accomplished all we did without their help, and I'm grateful they were there. I am of course also grateful to have had awesome help from my colleagues Steve Metzger and Stephen Scheidt, who know way more about cameras and meteorology instruments than I do, and to... read more ❯

Dust Devil Fieldwork #4: Team Paparazzi
Published 6/16/2019 in Lori Fenton's Blog Author lfenton
June 16, 2019 This is Part 4 of a series on my dust devil fieldwork in 2019 (see Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3). The last post was a short one. That's partly because I'm short on time, partly because my poor aging laptop's battery doesn't work (so I can only make these posts when it's plugged into an inverter while my truck is on, which means something else that needs charging isn't getting charged), and partly because I'm tethering my phone for internet access and don't want to totally eat up my data plan. Anyway. Last time I showed the weather station, so this time I'll show pictures of the camera setup. We've got four cameras pointing across our field site toward our weather tower, a couple of kilometers away. They're there to look for dust devils, so we can track their occurrence and location every day. Stephen... read more ❯

Dust Devil Fieldwork #3: Progress
Published 6/12/2019 in Lori Fenton's Blog Author lfenton
June 12, 2019 This is Part 3 of a series on my dust devil fieldwork in 2019 (see Part 1 | Part 2). We're here, we're really here. I have a team and wonderful instruments and everybody is awesome and working hard. We're camping on a playa in central Nevada, and I can't believe we've been here for a week now. It took us some time to set up all our gear and get everything working, but I think we've got a set routine now. The team: Me, the PI, ultimately responsible for All The Things. Steve Metzger, who set up & manages the weather instruments, organizes our camp, and is mentoring two undergrads who joined us for the campaign. He's got all the gear and outdoors experience you could want on a field research campaign, plus he specializes in dust devils. Stephen Scheidt, who set up & manages the cameras that are recording the dust... read more ❯