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As in Hurricane Ike in Texas (pictured), NSF's Doppler on Wheels set up near Hurricane Harvey.

As in Hurricane Ike in Texas (pictured), NSF's Doppler on Wheels set up near Hurricane Harvey.

Credit: Center for Severe Weather Research


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The Doppler on Wheels at an airport near Rockport, Texas. Its mast measured 145 mph winds.

The Doppler on Wheels at an airport near Rockport, Texas. Its mast measured 145 mph winds.

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A weather pod deployed on a bridge north of the Doppler on Wheels. It tracked Harvey's winds.

A weather pod deployed on a bridge north of the Doppler on Wheels. It tracked Harvey's winds.

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A destroyed building 1,000 feet from the Doppler on Wheels

Gusts of 145 miles per hour destroyed a building and lofted cars near the Doppler On Wheels.

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Intense vortices swirled for hours in the eyewall of Hurricane Harvey as it made landfall.

Intense vortices swirled for hours in the eyewall of Hurricane Harvey as it made landfall.

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Small vortices 1 to 2 miles across caused some of Harvey's strongest winds at landfall.

Small vortices 1 to 2 miles across caused some of Harvey's strongest winds at landfall.

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