T-28 Participation in VORTEX, 1994


The T-28 was deployed at Norman, Oklahoma during May, 1994. Its mission was to penetrate convective clouds and provide in situ observations of the precipitation particle population in regions simultaneously being scanned by multi-parameter radar.

The operations were in loose coordination with the Verification of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX), which involved a fleet of instrumented vehicles, mobile balloon launchers, and mobile surface and airborne radars. This assemblage was mobilized to intercept tornadic storms in the broad region from southern Kansas to northern Texas. The T-28, however, restricted its activities to within approximately 50 miles of the radar at Cimarron, Ok.

The standard package of instruments provided for the determination of temperature, vertical wind, electric fields, water content, etc. The T-28 carried a PMS 2D-P optical probe.

Research Flights


Summary of T-28 Participation in VORTEX/MIGHT, 1994-95 (Report SDSMT/IAS/R-96-01)

Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment: VORTEX

Data Access

VORTEX 1994 Data Access

Other Project Web Pages

VORTEX 1994 Operations Summary

NCAR/EOL Data Archive