Texas Tech Researchers to Study Tornadoes in Southeastern States

Herald Democrat - Texas Tech will send researchers to the southeast part of the country to learn more about how the environment there affects the development, intensity and path of tornadoes.

A "super outbreak" of tornadoes in April of 2011 in the southeastern United States led Congress to mandate an investigation into weather in that region. From March 1 to April 30, researchers will study storms as part of the Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment-Southeast, or VORTEX-SE. Previous projects included VORTEX and VORTEX2, which focused on the central and south plains, according to information provided by Tech.

Chris Weiss, a Tech associate professor of atmospheric science, is one of three researchers headed to the southeastern states. He said he believes the research could help better understand tornado-producing storms in West Texas and in giving more accurate tornado warnings.

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