To get a better understanding of severe weather, tropical cyclones, winter weather, and boundary layer interactions, sampling high temporal measurements of the atmospheric thermodynamic state and wind profiles is needed. MIPS is packed with 4 main instruments and a 10-m surface tower that is designed to gather these high temporal measurements.
The MIPS system is a unique system that consists of a Chevrolet ambulance and a flatbed trailer that has instruments mounted to it. Both the trailer and truck are outfitted with hydraulic leveling jacks to ensure the instruments are level. Inside, MIPS is equipped with 5 computers (3 Linux machines, 1 Windows, and 1 mac), 9 computer screens, and can seat up to 3-4 people comfortably. Originally designed in the late 1990s, the MIPS system has undergone many transformations to become what it is now.
MIPS deployed for hurricane Laura (2020).
MIPS is typically operated by 2-3 personnel and is accompanied by a weather balloon sounding system. If clutter panels aren't mounted to the 915, MIPS can be operational in 20 minutes. For the majority of the time, MIPS is operational 24/7 in the UAH SWIRLL Berm site with live data published to the real-time data website.
Explore each link below to see each instrument that is on MIPS, how it works, and what data it gathers:
Inside MIPS while deployed for hurricane Laura (2020).
MIPS on display at the 2014 AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
MIPS set up for the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Kentucky.
MIPS deployed in Buffalo, NY for lake effect snow.