June 15, 2009
A furious tornado that tore across a remote corner of Wyoming this month also carved a path into the history of severe weather research.
The Wyoming storm was analyzed from start to finish by several powerful radars, including those mounted on Doppler on Wheels vehicles. It also passed over two dozen "Stick-Net" tripods set in its path by researchers from Texas Tech University.
Chris Weiss, professor of atmospheric science at Texas Tech, said the Wyoming storm was "the closest we've been to a tornado" with the Stick-Net probes.