The Most Ambitious Weather Experiment: A 1,000-Square-Mile Tornado Trap

The popular image of the tornado hunt is of a few trucks speeding across the plains, dirt flying, in pursuit of monster funnels, but Wicker’s project, the second Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment, known as VORTEX2, calls for a very different kind of chase. The goal of the two-year, $12-million government field experiment is not simply to get close to a tornado, but to surround it.

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