May 22, 2010

Impressive Tornadic Data, Images Captured With Most Advanced Weather Radar In The US

At the University of Oklahoma, researchers captured unprecedented high-resolution radar data during the May 10, 2010 tornadoes using one of the most advanced weather radars in the world.

"This unique polarimetric data set is likely to reveal new discoveries about tornado genesis and severe storms for years to come," said the Director of OU's Atmospheric Radar Research Center, Robert D. Palmer.

Palmer's team is currently processing the data using advanced techniques developed at OU and preparing it for distribution.

"The close proximity of the tornadoes to the OU radar has produced data with fine details of the storms never seen before with any radar."

Located on the OU Research Campus within walking distance of the National Weather Center, the C-band, polarimetric, research weather radar known as OU-PRIME (Polarimetric Radar for Innovations in Meteorology and Engineering) was built to provide OU students and faculty with a platform for research and education in the field of radar meteorology.

The ARRC is an interdisciplinary center that brings together academia, government and private sector collaborators to solve challenging radar problems, prepare the next-generation of students and encourage economic growth and development in the field of weather radar.  The collaboration results in research and development projects, educational opportunities for OU students and economic growth in the state.

For those interested in joint research projects related to the OU-PRIME data captured on May 10, 2010, contact Dr. Robert D. Palmer, ARRC, 405-325-6319 or [email protected].


Image 1: Data and image location just east of Thunderbird Lake, Norman, Oklahoma on May 10, 2010, at 5:44 pm.

Image 2: OU-PRIME is an advanced Doppler weather radar on the University of Oklahoma Research Campus in Norman, Oklahoma.


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