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Team TWISTEX Mourns the Loss of our Friends and Colleagues

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

The TWISTEX research family mourns the loss of Tim and Paul Samaras, and Carl Young.   Our deepest sympathies go out to the Samaras and Young families and to all those were close to them.   The entire storm research community has been shaken by this unfortunate event.    As lead scientists for ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for June 24, 2011: Project End

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Currently in Denver, CO TWISTEX project has been fairly quiet the past couple of weeks due to a summertime pattern across the Midwest.  It seems like the incredible tornado season of April and May ground to a halt when the calendar flipped to June. Past couple of days: We did ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for June 9, 2011

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Currently in Bennett, CO Past couple of days: Group had several down days due to the lack of good parameters for severe storms. Today: Making a quick call to head out to eastern Nebraska this morning.  Good backed surface flow with strong low-mid level winds with excellent looking hodographs in the Topeka, ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for June 1, 2011

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Currently in O'Neill, Nebraska Past couple of days: Chased a broken line of storms across northern Nebraska on May 30 (Monday).  Several storms were tornado warned, and noted two cloud/ground circulations near O'neill. The first circulation we watched had a brief multi-vortex structure near the ground, but pretty broad ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 26, 2011

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Currently en-route from Memphis, TN to Denver Yesterday: Tough chase across Arkansas yesterday.  Targeted northeast Arkansas in in an area where the terrain was reasonable to run ops.  Isolated storms initiated just west of Little Rock around 3:30 PM, and quickly became supercells.  For some reason, most of these ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 25, 2011

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Currently crossing the border into Arkansas Last couple of days: On Sunday, TWISTEX intercepted a long-live tornado producing supercell that produced multiple tornadoes in the hills of northeast Oklahoma near Dripping Springs, OK.  Although the local terrain provided significant challenges, the group was able to observe multiple touchdowns along ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 22, 2011

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Currently in Leavenworth, Kansas Yesterday: Intercepted tornado producing supercell that crossed over Topeka last night.  Watched in disbelief as the strong rotation crossed right over downtown Topeka.  Fortunately, it did not produce any tornadoes until the storm moved northeast of Topeka.  Partially blocked by trees, team members witnessed ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 19, 2011

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Currently driving to Kansas Past couple of days: While enroute to St. Louis on Thursday, we intercepted four tornadoes north of York, NE.  Since we were in a loaner vehicle (TWISTEX truck broke down again in southern MN during a chase). We drove to St. Louis Thursday evening/Friday morning for RADAR ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 10, 2011

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Currently driving to west central Minnesota Past couple of days: Near total cap bust for TWISTEX on Sunday and Monday.  Sunday, we targeted the eastern Nebraska area, and storms developed near Presho, SD, where a weak, very short-lived tornado developed. Monday, we targeted an area near Murdo, where storms actually developed ...

TWISTEX Field Operations for May 8, 2011

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Past few days: Assisted with the relief effort in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama clearing trees and assisting with the search effort.  Amazing damage with homes totally destroyed, and trees completely stripped. One of the amazing facts we've heard is that collectively there are roughly 1,000 miles of tornado tracks ...