The first flight took place on 6th August. The main purpose was to test out instruments and coordination between the aircraft and radar, but there were also a lot of precipitating clouds around which provided an opportunity for science. Some moderately intense rainfall had been observed overnight and in the early hours, located 100km southwest of Praia and moving west. FAAM took off at 12L and initially targeted an area southeast of Praia for aerosol observations, before moving further west in the afternoon to penetrate some clouds. The radar observed an interesting change in the mode of cloud activity with the deeper convection moving west but only shallow clouds developing upstream.

Deeper clouds 100km southeast of Praia at 0614 UTC (0714 L)

Deeper clouds 100km southeast of Praia at 0614 UTC (0514 L)

Line of shallower clouds developing to the south of Praia

Line of shallower clouds developing to the south of Praia at 1554 UTC (1454 L)

FAAM flight track at 1552 UTC, doing cloud penetrations to the south of the island of Fogo

FAAM flight track at 1552 UTC, doing cloud penetrations to the south of the island of Fogo

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