I am currently in Dr. Shen’s team (the Fog Team) along with Carissa. This week has been a rather slow week for the Fog Team due to the low-yielding fog weather and the very windy week. While the temperature has started to decrease to as low as 25℉, in order for fog to occur, just as Carissa has stated in her blog; there has to be a clear night, high humidity, calm wind, and for the temperature to reduce the dew point temperature after midnight so that the air can reach saturation and thus fog will appear.
An example of the backwards trajectory of fog movement using the HYSPLIT model (a large portion of the fog analysis process)
I have still been waiting for a fog call, which is just when the whole team will collect fog using our two machines that catch fog in the early hours of the morning; we have to be patient because, as Brittnie has mentioned previously, science takes time. In this time, I have been able to self-reflect about the BETA project. While I am ready to start doing some fun and exciting science experiments, there are external factors that will determine the speed of the progress. The weather has been the prime external factor as of recently and especially affects the Fog Team because our work is mainly based on the climate of the Earth. Although there is a lack of fog, our team is hopeful that fog will be coming soon.
On this page we'll post updates of the BETA Project's progress- stay tuned!