Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment: VORTEX

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This paper describes the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment planned for 1994 and 1995 to evaluate a set of hypotheses pertaining to tornadogenesis and tornado dynamics. Observations of state variables will be obtained from five mobile mesonet vehicles, four mobile ballooning laboratories, three movie photography teams, portable Doppler radar teams, two in situ tornado instruments deployment teams, and the T-28 and National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration P-3 aircraft. In addition, extensive use will be made of the new generation of observing systems, including the WSR-88D Doppler radars, demonstration wind profiler network, and National Weather Service rawinsondes.

*National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma.

+School of Meteorology, Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

Corresponding author address: Erik N. Rasmussen, National Severe Storms Laboratory, 1313 Halley Circle, Norman, OK 73069.

This paper describes the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment planned for 1994 and 1995 to evaluate a set of hypotheses pertaining to tornadogenesis and tornado dynamics. Observations of state variables will be obtained from five mobile mesonet vehicles, four mobile ballooning laboratories, three movie photography teams, portable Doppler radar teams, two in situ tornado instruments deployment teams, and the T-28 and National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration P-3 aircraft. In addition, extensive use will be made of the new generation of observing systems, including the WSR-88D Doppler radars, demonstration wind profiler network, and National Weather Service rawinsondes.

*National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma.

+School of Meteorology, Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

Corresponding author address: Erik N. Rasmussen, National Severe Storms Laboratory, 1313 Halley Circle, Norman, OK 73069.
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