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2011-12-07 13:36:02

SCHUSS. The term for a straight, downhill ski run. In the land of the Greatest Snow on Earth--Utah--SCHUSS is also the moniker for storm-chasing, Old Man Winter-style. In the Storm Chasing Utah Style Study--SCHUSS--funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), chasing snowstorms is "as exciting as chasing tornadoes," says University of Utah atmospheric scientist Jim Steenburgh, the project's director. He and colleagues are "looking at the guts," Steenburgh says, "of winter storms in...

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2011-03-15 07:46:30

Tornado Alley features never-before-captured tornado footage as scientists seek to understand the structure and origin of tornadoes, and how they can be forecasted more accurately On March 10, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Giant Screen Films presented the world premiere of Tornado Alley, a film that documents the effort to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes. The film features never-before-seen footage of Sean Casey, star of the Discovery Channel program...

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2011-01-11 23:32:06

Doppler-on-Wheels Gives New View of Lake-Effect SnowsIn this winter of heavy snows--with more on the way this week--nature's bull's-eye might be Oswego, N.Y., and the nearby Tug Hill Plateau.There the proximity of the Great Lakes whips wind and snow into high gear. Old Man Winter then blows across New York state, burying cities and towns in snowdrifts several feet high. This season, however, something is standing in his way.The Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW), a data-collecting radar dish, is...

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2010-12-09 12:25:00

'Tis the season ... for snow. Thundersnow. Rare anywhere, thundersnow is sometimes heard during the lake-effect snowstorms of the Great Lakes. The interaction of clouds and ice pellets inside these storms generates a charge, with lightning and thunder the result. How to catch thundersnow in action? This winter, a stalwart veteran of tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe storms will be waiting. Enter the Doppler-on-Wheels It's called the Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW), a National Science Foundation...

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2010-10-20 09:18:28

USA Science and Engineering Expo features 50 stage shows and more than 1,500 interactive exhibits The Inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival, the country's first national science festival, happens Oct. 23-24 in downtown Washington, D.C. This free event takes place on the National Mall, Freedom Plaza and other locations, and features demonstrations, events and exhibitors from around the country, including several NSF-supported researchers and projects. The NSF-related exhibits will be...

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2010-04-27 14:45:23

2010 expedition takes place May 1st though June 15th In the largest and most ambitious effort ever made to understand tornadoes, more than 100 scientists and 40 support vehicles will hit the road again this spring. The project, VORTEX2--Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes--is in its final season: May 1st through June 15th, 2010. VORTEX2 is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Scientists from more...

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2009-05-06 07:56:47

Track field experiences of scientists over month-long quest to understand tornadoes VORTEX2, or Verification of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2, is the largest attempt in history to study the origin, structure and evolution of tornadoes. Now, members of the public can follow live reports from scientists involved in the project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NOAA. Atmospheric scientist Josh Wurman of the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colo., a...

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2009-04-07 16:44:53

Although most people view tornadoes as something to avoid, next month a small army of scientists will be doing just the opposite, traveling the nation's central region in search of twisters. Organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the ambitious initiative to explore the origin, structure and evolution of tornadoes will take place from May 10-June 13, 2009. The project, known as VORTEX2 (V2), will be the biggest attempt...

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2008-09-18 09:40:00

Instrument collected high-wind data from inside hurricane eye The only scientific team to successfully brave Hurricane Ike's knock-down winds and swells in Galveston was the DOW, the Doppler on Wheels mobile weather radar operated by the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in Boulder, Colo. "The DOW mission to Ike provided, for the first time, high-resolution radar data collected from the ground of the inside of a hurricane eye strengthening during landfall, and from a hurricane that...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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