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May 18, 2015

Doppler on Wheels -- the biggest 'dish' on the road!


Scientists aim for the eye of the storm to study hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards from the inside

For nearly a decade, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Doppler on Wheels (DOW) has been doing its best work in dangerous weather, driving into the eye of the storm to gather scientific data about wind, rain and snow that are missed by stationary radar systems.

Meteorologist Josh Wurman and his team at the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colo., can coordinate a fleet of storm-chasing vehicles from a compact control room inside one of the DOW trucks. From thunderstorms to blizzards, hurricanes to tornadoes, DOW is providing extensive and detailed information that may ultimately improve warning systems and weather prediction.

The research in this episode was funded by NSF award #0734001, Doppler On Wheels Mobile Radar Network.

Miles O'Brien, Science Nation Correspondent
Marsha Walton, Science Nation Producer


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