CSWR involvement with the VORTEX-2

field campaign (2009-2010)

During May and June of 2009 and 2010, CSWR was an integral part of VORTEX2 - a field project involving more than 40 cars and trucks, carrying more than 80 scientists and crew members across the Great Plains to examine the whys and hows of tornadogenesis and, in turn, how to improve upon the accurate prediction of these violent phenomena. All in all, CSWR deployed nine vehicles and over 20 scientists/crew, including three DOWs and four Mobile Mesonets deploying 12 Tornado Pods as one of the core (no pun intended) teams in VORTEX2.

During the first year of the project, Josh Wurman, president of the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colorado, and a VORTEX2 member, joined host Neal Conan on NPR to talk about 15 years studying tornadoes...Click here to listen to the interview.

Click here to view amazing footage (from The Weather Channel) of the Goshen Country, Wyoming tornado of 5 June 2009. Due to the overhwelming number of scientific resources deployed on this storm, to date, this is the most well-documented and observed tornado in the history of tornado studies.

Want an inside look at what it's like to be a member of the V2 crew? Click here to read the V2 blog!

This webpage is still under construction - there's much more to be added (data, images, etc.), so please check back soon for updates!