In the mid-1990s the National Severe Storm Lab’s Project VORTEX (Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornados Experiment) brought together leading scientists to collect field data on the conditions to create tornados. It was the first time that meteorologists were able to completely document the life cycle of a tornado.
This year, NSSL and their partners are coordinating the largest field project in the history of tornado science. The new project will involve more than 50 scientists and 40 research vehicles, including 10 mobile radars. VORTEX2 “will focus on answering new questions about how, when, and why tornadoes form, why some thunderstorms produce tornadoes and others do not, the structure of tornadoes, and the relationship of tornadic winds to damage.” VORTEX2 results are expected to increase the accuracy and timeliness of tornado forecasts and warnings. VORTEX2 will be watching the skies for severe weather from 10 May – 13 June 2009 and 1 May – 15 June 2010. NSSL is employing Web 2.0 technology to reach a broader audience by maintaining sites on Facebook and Twitter.
For more see: Tornado-Chasing Project Aims to Improve Forecasts from the Washington Post.
Or the VORTEX2 web site
The Physical Environment Textbook Link: Tornadoes
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