UMD AOSC Seminar

The Structure of the LaGrange, Wyoming Tornado Observed during VORTEX2

Dr. Roger Wakimoto

National Center for Atmospheric Research

The most ambitious field project organized to study tornadoes and tornadic storms occurred during the spring and summer of 2009/2010 (VORTEX2 - Verification of the Origins of Tornadoes Experiment). A number of mobile platforms were deployed in a coordinated manner in order to increase the number of intercepts of tornadic storms. This seminar presents an analysis of a tornado that developed west of LaGrange, Wyoming on 5 June 2009. The tornado was scanned by several radars while the evolution of the funnel was captured by a series of photographs. This data set provides a unique opportunity to understand the relationship between tornado and the signatures identified on radar (e.g., hook echo and rotational couplet) as well the wind field surrounding the intense circulation.

November 17, 2011, Thursday

Seminar: 3:30-4:30pm

Computer and Space Sciences (CSS) Building, Auditorium (Room 2400)
Refreshment is served at 3:00pm in the adjoining Atrium

[Contact: Professor Kayo Ide]
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AOSC 818. Frontiers in Atmosphere, Ocean, Climate, and Synoptic Meteorology Research