|2002-MA4||FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2002|
BOULDERReporters are invited to a special information day on Monday, May 13, at Will Rogers International Airport in Oklahoma City, to learn about the International H2O Project, one of the largest U.S. weather studies ever conducted.
In a morning briefing beginning at 10:00 a.m. (see schedule, below), IHOP2002 scientists will describe the where and why of their hunt for water vapor in the southern Great Plains this summer. Reporters will get first-hand information about clusters of strange instruments now appearing in farm fields, high-tech weather vehicles that will be combing the roads, and low-altitude research flights about to enter the skies over Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.
Two research aircraft--a King Air and a Learjet--and various weather research vans will be open for viewing after the briefing. The University of Wyoming's King Air will take off on its first IHOP2002 mission in the late morning, weather permitting. Nearby in Norman, at the study's operations center, researchers will show reporters what goes on at home base on a typical operations day.
Reporters should meet at the AAR office at Will Rogers Airport. Directions to the AAR office and to the operations center in Norman follow, along with a schedule of the day's events. For more information, see the Web sites listed below, or call the media contacts shown above.
Press briefing: Three short presentations by IHOP scientists
Questions from reporters: Panelists and other researchers respond.
Interviews: Reporters interview panelists, scientists, and engineers.
Depart for IHOP Operations Center at NSSL, Norman
Take I-40 W to the I-44 W/OK-3 E (Exit number 147A); exit on the left (south) towards LAWTON.From Will Rogers Airport to IHOP operations center, located in mobile trailers next to the National Severe Storms Lab in Norman
Continue on I-44 W (southward) approximately 3 miles.
Take the AIRPORT RD (Exit number 116B). Continue on AIRPORT RD. (west) about 1 mile.
Take the SOUTHBOUND MERIDIAN AVE exit towards WILL ROGERS AIRPORT.
Continue approximately 1.25 miles to the AAR Office at 6611 S. Meridian Ave.
Exit airport going north .5 miles on TERMINAL DR (becomes MERIDIAN), first right after light
Turn right (east) on SW 54TH ST (becomes SW 59TH ST) for about 1.5 miles heading
toward I-44 (also known as I-240)
Turn right at second light to merge onto I-44 WEST (I-240)
Stay straight to go onto I-240 EAST
Follow I-240 EAST 4.5 miles around South side of Oklahoma City.
Take I-35 SOUTH, exit number 4A, towards DALLAS.
Continue on I-35 SOUTH 11 miles to ROBINSON ST EAST (exit 110-B).
Take ROBINSON ST EAST 1.6 miles to light at BERRY RD and
Turn left (north) until road ends at a "T".
Turn left onto WESTHEIMER DR.
Turn left onto HALLEY AVE.
The National Severe Storms Laboratory and the Storm Prediction Center are on the right at 1313 HALLEY AVE. Parking is on the south side. Please go to the reception area and request access to the IHOP operations center.
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