Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2 (VORTEX 2) is the largest tornado study ever to take place across the central United States, and it’s happening right now. VORTEX 2 is a $10 million study supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. The experiment runs from May 10 through June 13. During these 7 weeks over 100 scientists in more than 40 storm chasing vehicles will deploy to locations in tornado alley that pose a significant risk for tornadoes.
The goal of this experiment is to gain a better understanding of tornado formation. Obtaining this research will better allow forecasters to assess the likelihood of tornadoes, their intensity, longevity, and cyclic behavior. Tornado warnings have an average lead-time of 13 minutes, and 70% of the times are false alarms. Improving the accuracy of Tornado warnings would help protect the lives and property of people in the path of deadly storms.
The location of VORTEX 2 changes from day to day. To get a daily look at the VORTEX 2 and its whereabouts NBC 5’s national partner, The Weather Channel, will have streaming live video on line from 11am- 1pm at www.weather.com. More information on VORTEX 2 can be found at: www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/vortex2/. Pictures of VORTEX 2 can be seen at: https://secure.nssl.noaa.gov/v2gallery/.