The VORTEX2 team is making the most of a quiet atmosphere by using the opportunity to practice deployment on non-tornadic storms during the lull in the supercell activity. VORTEX2 researchers believe there is still much to learn about thunderstorms, and since the collection of unique and diverse instruments is unprecedented, they do not plan to sqander this opportunity.
While VORTEX2 is still operating, the NSSL VORTEX2 media vehicle has been grounded until the end of May. “The longterm forecast for the VORTEX2 domain is not favorable for severe weather or supercells,” says Keli Tarp, NOAA Weather Partners Public Affairs. Those scheduled for seats in the media vehicle will be accommodated when weather conditions change.