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TORUS-LItE: Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells - Left-flank Intensive Experiment


TORUS-LItE (Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells - Left-flank Intensive Experiment) is a nomadic field campaign during the spring storm season of 2023 over a domain covering much of the central United Stats where there exists significant point probabilities of tornado-bearing supercell storms. TORUS aims to use the data collected to improve the conceptual model of supercell thunderstorms (the parent storms of the most destructive tornadoes) by exposing how small-scale structures within these storms might lead to tornado formation. These structures are hypothesized to be nearly invisible to all but the most precise research-grade instruments. But by revealing the hidden composition of severe storms and associating it to known characteristics of the regularly-observed larger scale environment, the TORUS project could improve supercell and tornado forecasts. TORUS had additional campaigns in 2019 and 2022.

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Field catalog

Temporal coverage

Begin Date 2023-04-01 00:00:00
End Date 2023-06-15 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 49.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 30.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -109.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -93.00