April 7, 2009
For most people, tornadoes are something to flee. But next month a small army of scientists will be doing just the opposite, crisscrossing the nation's middle in search of twisters.
Organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
and the National Science Foundation, Operation Vortex2 will last
from May 10 to June 13. The study will focus on Kansas, Nebraska
and parts of South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma.
Fifty researchers will set out in special vehicles, including
mobile radars, in an effort to get close to tornadoes and study how
Foundation spokesman Stephan Nelson new advances from Vortex2
will allow a better understanding of why tornadoes form and how
they can be more accurately predicted.