TTU Crews Wrapping Up Preparations for VORTEX 2 - 2009
Weeks of preparation and testing have come to an end for the crews from Texas Tech. The team will depart on May 6 for Norman, Oklahoma which is the
launching pad for VORTEX 2 . Texas Tech will be tasked with deploying 24 StickNet probes plus the TTUKA-1 mobile Doppler radar. Nearly 20 faculty and graduate students from TTU plus 5 undergraduates from the University of Michigan will embark on
the 5 week project which is the largest tornado field study in the history of man-kind. The project officially begins May 10 and will end June 13. Click HERE for the official homepage of VORTEX 2. Be sure to follow the TTU crews by clicking HERE .
MOBILE will be a part of the VORTEX 2 project in 2009 and 2010.
Texas Tech's Project MOBILE will be a part of the multi-institution VORTEX 2 project. VORTEX 2, which stands for the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment, is the most
comprehensive field projected dedicated to understanding tornado genesis since its predecessor VORTEX 1 which took place in the early 1990's. TTU and Project MOBILE will
contribute 24 Stick-Net probes to the effort plus numerous personnel. The Stick-Net probes will be the primary surface observing platform for the project. TTUKA #1 will also
participate for a limited period of time. For more information on the VORTEX 2 project please click the link provided.
Photograph by: Ian Giammanco Stick-Net probe deployed during May 22 operations in western Kansas.