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Press Release 13-083

Where, When Will Thunderstorms Strike Colorado's Front Range, Adjacent Great Plains?

Month-long field research campaign targets severe storm prediction

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Ominous clouds signal a thunderstorm over Great Plains.

Ominous clouds signal a thunderstorm brewing on the U.S. Great Plains.

Credit: NOAA


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NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V aircraft.

MPEX will include early-morning flights with the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V aircraft.

Credit: UCAR


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Illustration of storms detected by radar versus storms simulated by model

Even high-resolution models can't predict exactly where and when thunderstorms will form.

Credit: MPEX


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illustration showing the components of a supercell thunderstorm

A supercell thunderstorm, "dissected" into its components.

Credit: NOAA


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Storms clouds on a dark sky above a road

Day can turn into night very quickly when a thunderstorm strikes.

Credit: NOAA


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Lightning and clouds

Lightning and thunderstorms go hand-in-hand, whether by day or night.

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