Wednesday, May 13, 2009
VORTEX2 hits the road
VORTEX2 had its first real mission today. We departed from Clinton, Oklahoma and rushed to Tulia, Texas. Then, as often happens when pursuing tornadoes, we waited and waited for a storm to start. Finally, around 5pm storms started to get stronger to our west towards New Mexico. We didn't have much optimism that they would make tornadoes, but the massive VORTEX2 fleet really needed practice. So, we headed away from town to try our luck attempting to intercept a real storm, with real wind, rain and maybe hail. Well, with 40 vehicles trying to coordinate for the first time, the result was predictable: a certain quantity of chaos. But, it was a great mission. It was very hectic in DOW7, with all 3 radios blaring with different teams' questions and reports. The mobile mesonets reported a road was closed because a whole line of power poles had snapped and fallen, probably from about 100 mph winds in one of the microbursts. The dust was beautiful. We deployed the DOWs and scanned through the storms, we had our pod teams actually deploy in front of the outflow, we tested communications with the several other teams. Some things worked, some things didn't.
When we finally gave up on the storms we had a wonderful show, a beautiful sunset with storms and a rainbow and a spectacular lightning show at our hotel.
Tomorrow looks like a 'better' severe weather day, so we are trying to fix what we can overnight and prepare to start all over again in the morning.
- 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
- I am writing from Boulder, unfortunately. We tri...
- <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 ...
- The VORTEX2 project is about to begin. We have b...
- ▼ May (13)