Thursday, May 14, 2009

No gold at the end of the rainbow yet

VORTEX2 conducted missions on Tuesday and Wednesday...but we didn't intercept any tornadoes. On both days we intercepted very interesting weather. Wednesday featured a line of storms which contained a couple supercells. One made a tornado, but VORTEX2 had chosen a different storm. We got a chance to test tornado pods on Tuesday and the Mobile Mesonets had a good mission on Wednesday. We deployed several of the radars on the storm, but not in the coordinated way we had written in our operations plan. The biggest problem was that the weather was very difficult with the target area moving in jumps from place to place (we call this discrete propagation. Also, the storms were moving in a very unfavorable direction compared to their shape, so radars had to run away from the hail cores very shortly after they parked.

Today we are 'down', which means we are working on various systems. We fixed a broken hydraulic foot on DOW7, fixed a broken generator on the Rapid-Scan DOW (yes the one we just purchased last week!), and worked on some computer problems on a couple mobile mesonets. With this many instruments (CSWR is fielding 21 separate weather stations), there are always things that need fixing.

Friday is our next mission day and we are hoping that we get some good data. And, we're hoping for an early night and some good rest this evening.


  1. Next week, Tuesday at best, if there is any potential one of my friends and I will be heading up to Oklahoma/Kansas from the Houston area. Keep us posted if there is any potential for severe storms in that region. You have better data and tools available than we do. Of course if there is not threat then it is not worth it to us to drive the hundreds of miles to get there.
    May I ask what frequencies are used for communications?

  2. I ask for frequencies for monitoring purposes as we have a multitude of ham radio equipment. Would like to monitor radio traffic, if any, other than the standard 146.55 frequency used by ham radio operators.

  3. Mr. Joshua Wurman!
    For a long time I’d try to contact You! (About 3 Years) I am George from Russia.
    My information for You is that there is no need to dangerous hunting tornado now. Mystery of tornado is disclosed. And after short period of special research for getting the limited table of some special characteristics of environment before tornado strike, will be possible to prediction tornado for much time before, beforehand tornado will strike. And there will be very good opportunity to find the way to protection colonies as a solid unit. I see this methods in the future. I know how. It is not easy, it is costly, but it is possible. I think, as a real scientist You can not ignore such important message and will respond me. All I said is not joke and it is real. You have to believe me. To much for Yours country depends from this. I’m waiting for respond.
    Sincerely Yours, George Kourakin.