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Dear CRAFT colleagues, A quick update on CRAFT. 1. You'll recall from the Norman meeting in December my mention of concerns raised by NOAA, on behalf of certain private sector individuals, regarding potential conflicts between CAPS' receipt of wide band data and a new private company called WDT. I'm happy to report that this issue is well on its way to being resolved, and that I anticipate no problems whatsoever in terms of accessing radar data. 2. NOAA has funded the $540 proposal submitted by Kevin Kelleher, myself, Steve DelGreco, Tim Crum, and Professor Varahan. This funding will allow us to take CRAFT to the next level, and in recent discussions, we see the possibility of linking 30 to 40 radars to Abilene in fairly short order, with most of the comm line charges paid by other groups! Kevin, Tim and I are in the process of preparing a white paper/action plan and will distribute it as soon as possible. 3. Two days ago I gave a departmental seminar on CRAFT, and the powerpoint slides are on the web at http://geowww.ou.edu/~kkd/POWERPOI.HTM.(see the topmost link).
4. I anticipate approval of my request for a 2-semester sabbatical to work on CRAFT (the paperwork is making its way through the University, and funding is available). It will start August 15 and run through May, 2001. Of course, I'll continue to work on CRAFT until then, but at that time I'll be able to turn my full attention to the effort. Folks, we're now well on our way! Again, I'll send the action plan to you as soon as possible since it will serve as our guide for the foreseeable future. Sincerely, Kelvin ___________________________________________________________________ Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier, Professor E-mail: kkd@xxxxxx School of Meteorology Phone: 405-325-0453 Director, Center for Analysis and FAX: 405-325-7614 Prediction of Storms CEL: 405-413-7847University of Oklahoma WWW:
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