34th Conference on Radar Meteorology


Preliminary results from the VORTEX2 coordinated mobile radar, surface, and other mobile platform study of tornadogenesis and low level tornado winds

Joshua Wurman, Center for Severe Weather Research, Boulder, CO; and E. Rasmussen, Y. Richardson, P. Markowski, D. W. Burgess, H. Bluestein, L. J. Wicker, and D. Dowell

The Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2 (VORTEX2) employed an unprecedented array of mobile radars (6 X-bands, 2 C-bands, a Ka-band, 2 C-bands, and a W-band) as well as 24 Sticknet and 14 Tornado Pod 1 and 1.5 m deployable weather stations, 4 mobile balloon vans, 14 Mobile Mesonet instrumented vehicles, 4 deployable disdrometers, UAVs, photogrammetry teams and damage survey teams in order to observe the processes related to tornadogenesis and in order to study tornado structure and low level winds. Preliminary results from the Spring 2009 field phase of this experiment will be presented.

Session 11B, Results From Mid-Latitude Field Experiments
Thursday, 8 October 2009, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Room 18

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