TTU part of "most ambitious" study of tornadoes in history - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/3/09

TTU part of Vortex2, "most ambitious" study of tornadoes in history

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech University will soon be on the forefront of what the federal government calls the "largest and most ambitious attempt to study tornadoes in history."

TTU wind researchers will take part in a collaborative nationwide project exploring the origins, structure and evolution of tornadoes.

The project, Verification Of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment2 (VORTEX2 or V2) runs from May 10th through June 13th in the central United States. The collaboration will involve more than 50 scientists and 40 research vehicles, including 10 mobile radars.

V2 is a $10.5 million program funded by NOAA and the National Science Foundation, 10 universities and three non-profit organizations.

Preliminary results from V2 are scheduled for presentation at Penn State University during fall 2009. At that time, organizers will begin planning details of the second phase of V2 scheduled for May 1 - June 15, 2010.

For a complete list of participating scientists, and to learn more about the experiment, visit the V2 site and the official project Web site.

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