Sunday, May 10, 2009
Glamour, Sciance, and the Start of VORTEX2
The glamorous part of our project is over. The real missions are about to begin. VORTEX2 cut the umbilical today and we became 'mobile'. I put this in quotation marks because we only deployed from Eastern to Western Norman, Oklahoma. But we are now all staying in the same hotel, working out of our mobile office not the comfort of the University, and doing our last minute preparations. Today we are holding a class, Tornado Pods 101, teaching our crews how to deploy the pods. We need them to know this like the back of their hands because they have 45 seconds to deploy each pod (we'll practice and practice until we get this time down to 45 seconds). Pod deployments happen in bad weather, to say the least. Our plan is that the 4 vehicles wait until the tornado is about 2 miles to their west, about 4 minutes away, before starting their deployment runs. Each team has to deploy 3 pods. 45 seconds for a deploy, 45 seconds to the next location, 45 seconds to deploy again, etc. Then they run away to the south of the tornado, wait until the tornado passes, then rush back in to collect their prizes, Pods with tornado data. After all that they rush back ahead of the tornado or tornadic storm and repeat the process.
Tomorrow we expect to go really mobile, and leave town.
- Backwards Storm Intercept
- Surprise supercell intercept
- VORTEX2 Goes Way North
- A few days of being stationary for VORTEX2
- No gold at the end of the rainbow yet
- VORTEX2 hits the road
- Glamour, Sciance, and the Start of VORTEX2
- Arrived in Norman for 'Media Day'
- CSWR team in Hays, Kansas
- DOWs, Mobile Mesonets, Tornado Pods on the Road
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