VORTEX2 NEWS: Largest-ever tornado study begins

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Flotilla of instruments to be deployed across the Great Plains

If the conditions are just right, any thunderstorm can spawn a tornado in a relative blink of an eye. A new project that kicks off this weekend aims to capture the mechanics of a storm giving birth to these destructive, swirling storms. It s the largest-ever study of tornadoes. More than 100 researchers involved with the VORTEX2 (Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2) project will deploy a flotilla of instruments across the Great Plains over the course of the study, which runs from May 1 to June 15. The aim of the study is to chase down tornadoes and surround them with an unprecedented fleet of mobile radars and other cutting-edge tools in order to examine in detail how tornadoes form and the patterns of damage they cause.

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