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VORTEX 2 2010 is underway

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TTU and UM VORTEX 2 Team
TTU and UM VORTEX 2 Team

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.