National Tornado Experiment to Begin in May

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.

VORTEX2 Media Day

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.

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SMART-Radar Team Wins NSF Major Research Instrumentation Award

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.