Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies Mobile Weather Radar – 2005.
Team coordinators are working hard to get their teams ready — equipment, communications. All while enduring 70 degree dewpoints outside. Steamy! PIs met and were briefed on tomorrows V2 Media…
Here are some of the things V2 folks are working on today…
NOAA/NSSL X-Pol Mobile radar uses a 3cm wavelength to detect smaller particles including cloud droplets. Can distinguish tornado debris clouds from precipitation.
A collaborative nationwide project exploring the origins, structure and evolution of tornadoes will occur from May 10 through June 13 in the central United States. The project, Verification of Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment2 (VORTEX2 or V2), is the largest and most ambitious attempt to study tornadoes in history and will involve more than 50 scientists and 40 research vehicles, including 10 mobile radars.
NOAA/NSSL will host a VORTEX2 Media Day on May 8, 2009 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Interested media will have the opportunity to tour VORTEX2 research vehicles and interview VORTEX2 researchers and teams.
A VORTEX2 planning meeting was held in Boulder, Colo. February 23–24. VORTEX2 Principal Investigators gave short presentations on their planned projects, strategies, and scientific objectives.
NSSL is gearing up for the largest-ever field program to study how tornadoes form and dissipate. VORTEX-2, set to run from May 10 – June 15 of 2009 and 2010, is a NOAA/National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program bringing collaborators from around the United States.
The NSSL and University of Oklahoma Shared Mobile Atmospheric and Teaching Radar (SMART-radar) team was awarded the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Award to upgrade one of the mobile C-band radars with dual-polarimetric capability. SR-2 will be taken apart during Fall-Winter 2008 and rebuilt with the ability to perform simultaneous transmit/receive dual-polarization measurements.