CAPE plot from Millersville PECAN data.
In the summer of 2015, from June 1st to July 15th, a
fleet of scientists set out each evening in the Midwest.
Their goal? To gain insight on the nocturnal mesoscale
convective storms (MCS's) that plague America's
heartland. While MCS's are necessary for irrigation and
the replenishing of aquifers, often these storms can
become vicious; especially at night when they are least
With the implementation of the field experiment PECAN
(Plains Elevated Convection at Night) scientists from eight
research laboratories and fourteen Universities including
Millersville University of Pennsylvania hope to gain
insight to better predict these nocturnal storms. After the
data were collected, the Unidata Program Center (UPC) worked
closely with Millersville students and academic staff to help standardize their
PECAN study data.