CU Boulder Engineering Collaborates To Study Tornadoes With Drones
Dozens of scientists and engineers, including a group from CU Boulder, will collaborate this spring and summer to learn more about supercell thunderstorms that produce tornadoes. They’ll be using a fleet of drones to chase tornadic thunderstorms across the Great Plains. Scientists want to know why some supercell thunderstorms end up producing tornadoes while others do not.
The project is called TORUS, which stands for Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells. It involves more than 50 researchers utilizing 20 tools to measure the atmosphere, including unmanned aircraft systems, mobile radars and NOAA’s P-3 “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft. Fieldwork will be conducted May 15 to June 26 throughout a 367,000-square-mile area of the Central Great Plains from North Dakota to Texas and Iowa to Wyoming and Colorado.