VORTEX2 NEWS: The Most Ambitious Tornado Project Ever

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BOULDER - It is considered the largest and most ambitious effort ever to understand tornadoes. Wednesday morning, more than 150 scientists will embark on a six-week project called Vortex 2.

A group of scientists has been putting the finishing touches on their instruments over the last six weeks at the Boulder Municipal Airport.

My wife is starting to miss me, said Justin, an engineer.

The group has three mobile radars, four instrumented vehicles and 16 tornado pods.

They re instrumented weather stations, which are going to be deployed in the path of the tornado. And what we re trying to do here is gather low-level information inside the tornado, like the wind speeds and temperature one-meter off the ground, Karen Kosiba, a research scientist, said.

Perhaps the most interesting toys the Vortex team has are its four instrumented vehicles. They will be able to collect scientific data that has never been collected before

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