At the present time it is not possible to detect a tornado with standard weather surveillance radar. It is possible to infer the existence of a tornado from certain clues given by the WSR-88D NEXRAD Doppler radar. The unfortunate fact is that issuing warnings based solely on Doppler radar information leads to a large number of false warnings. This inevitably leads to complacency about warnings in the public perception. Currently the only solution is to have highly-trained severe storm spotters on hand to go into storms and look for tornadoes. A technological solution to this problem would be desirable.
Introduction to Storm Chasing
Our long-range goal is to develop an inexpensive technological means to detect tornadoes and other severe weather phenomena. To do this we must develop a thorough understanding of severe weather. The only way to develop this is by combining theoretical and computational models of how we believe severe weather behaves with actual data taken from severe weather.
A secondary goal for this group will be the development of photos for training purposes.
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