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New blog for student studying Great Plains thunderstorms

Posted: June 2, 2015

New blog for student studying Great Plains thunderstorms

Undergraduate Student Anthony Torres is participating in the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) field campaign through a research program with NCAR.

The campaign, co-organized by numerous collaborating institutions, will use lab-equipped aircraft, ground-based instruments and weather balloons to better understand the atmospheric conditions that lead to storm formation and evolution after sunset. Torres is part of a group that is collecting surface-based observations of these nocturnal thunderstorm systems.

What the scientists find may ultimately help improve forecasts of these sometimes damaging storms.

To learn more, please visit the PECAN blog.

Further information can be found on nsf.gov and ucar.edu.

(Image: Scientists calibrating instruments on Mesonet trucks at the Center for Severe Weather Research before PECAN. Credit: Anthony Torres.)

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