Tornadoes will be the target as researchers set out from Huntsville, Alabama, to collect data as part of VORTEX-Southeast, a research project coordinated by NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory. The goal is to understand how environmental factors in the southeastern United States affect the formation, intensity, structure, and path of tornadoes, as well as determine the best methods for communicating forecast uncertainty to the public..
The VORTEX-SE field study, set to run March 1 through April 30, will involve 40 physical and social science researchers from 20 research entities, many based in the southeast. They will deploy and operate approximately 13 vehicles, three mobile radars and one fixed radar.
VORTEX-SE is intended to help improve the quality of warnings from NOAA’s National Weather Service and enhance the Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETS) research project. This will have substantial impact on the NOAA mission of protecting life and property.
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