A severe weather system rolled through central Oklahoma on April 19, 2023, producing supercell thunderstorms that yielded at least 18 tornadoes. From observations, to modeling to post-storm damage assessment, NSSL researchers gathered comprehensive data and put their cutting edge research to the test on storms in their own backyard.
Fifty years ago, on May 24, 1973, a violent F-4 tornado tore through the central Oklahoma town of Union City, killing two people and injuring at least four more. While the human impact of the storm was devastating, the Union City tornado was also historic as it marked the first time researchers were able to use radar to observe the entire lifecycle of a tornado.
The Impact of Range Oversampling Processing on Tornado Velocity Signatures Obtained from WSR-88D Super-Resolution Data. Authors: Torrres, S.M. and Curtis, C.D. Journal: Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology Publication Date: Online 7/28/15 Important Conclusions: Researchers applied “range oversampling,” a…
Subtle features in thunderstorms captured by rapid scanning phased array radar could alert forecasters to the potential of severe weather.