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TORUS_2022: Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells 2022


TORUS (Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells) is a nomadic field campaign during the spring storm seasons (May and June) of 2019 and 2022 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.

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Field catalog

Temporal coverage

Begin Date 2022-04-04 00:00:00
End Date 2022-06-26 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

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Parent project TORUS: Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells