Aircraft collects acid rain data


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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in the midst of a year-long effort to improve the accuracy of a computer model that will be used in predicting airflow and the movement of acid rain-producing compounds across the eastern half of the United States. A specially instrumented NOAA research aircraft is making a series of flights during a 1-week period this month to gather air samples and meteorological data along a 1600-km flight path parallel to and about 200 km west of the Mississippi River. The same series of flights, originating from Little Rock, Ark., was made in February and will be repeated during July and October, according to Joe Boatman of NOAA's Air Resources Laboratory in Boulder, Colo.