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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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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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2010-04-27 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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2009-06-30 06:00:00

An $11.9 million tornado research project resulted in only one tornado being studied during a 35-day period. The first phase of the Verification of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2, also known as Vortex2, ran from May 10 to June 13. Next year, a second phase of the project will run from May 1 to June 15. Nearly 120 researchers from universities and government agencies traveled over 11,000 miles during the first phase of Vortex2.  Despite all their searching, the group was only able to...

2009-06-05 21:55:00

VORTEX2 Coverage Results in Live On-Air and Online Stream of Super Cell in Goshen County/>, Wyoming/> ATLANTA/>, June 5/> /PRNewswire/ -- The Weather Channel (TWC) today broadcast and streamed online live footage of a super cell tornado in Goshen County, WY./> The footage was broadcast live and commercial free for over an hour by the TWC team embedded with Vortex2. TWC meteorologist Mike Bettes/> is on scene, allowing viewers to experience the power of weather and the...

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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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