The flight turned out to be quite interesting and with just enough time between dropsondes to have a quick look at the data and sometimes a discussion. It turned out that the cyclone was located farther west than predicted by the models and the dropsonde that most likely fell into its centre showed surface pressure of 948hPa. The UK LAM was predicting 954hPa pressure at 12Z, about two hours later. Flying into the cold front on the way back was quite exciting, but as we were at the top of the clouds there was very little turbulence associated with it.
The mission, as many other GFDex missions, broke some records: This was the longest science flight of the BAe 146: 6h 9m 48s with distance flown about 1850nm. This was also probably the first time that women outnumbered men on board, six against four.
The end of campaign dinner in the evening incorporated the GFDex Awards Ceremony, or the GAFTAS as Alan W called it. To name some of the awards: The best Icelandic hat (Ian), the 'it must be in the hold' (Nína), the best plot (Tadayasu) and most hours spend in front a computer (quite a lot of nominees). Ian received a book with photos of Icelandic people as well as a novel by Iceland's Nobel price winner Halldór Kiljan Laxnes in gratitude for all his hard work in organizing the field campaign. The GFDex-ers had a great view of proper Icelandic winter weather, horizontal rain and hail, as they enjoyed good food and good company celebrating a great GFDex field campaign.
Thanks to everyone that participated in making this such a great campaign!