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Posted at 3:45 PM ET, 06/ 5/2009

CWG Chases Tornadoes & Tweets to Tell About It

By Dan Stillman

* Full Forecast | The Thrill of the Tornado Chase | CWG's Twitter Feed *
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A supercell storm along the Wyoming-Colorado border. By CWG's Andrew Freedman. Click here to enlarge.

Want to go tornado chasing? Sorry -- you won't find any twisters in the D.C. area this weekend. You can, however, live vicariously through Capital Weather Gang columnist Andrew Freedman, who has gone west in search of the supercell storms that form tornadoes.

Andrew is embedded with a team of tornado researchers chasing storms in the Great Plains as part of VORTEX2, a tornado research project funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The researchers hope to learn more about how, when and why tornadoes form; the structure of tornadoes; and how to better forecast them.

Follow Andrew's adventures on our Twitter feed -- http://twitter.com/capitalweather -- for tweets like these:

approaching storm showing signs of rotation in Wyoming. Doppler radars deploying.

What happens when a half dozen doppler radar trucks roll into a gas station? The gas station attendant gives out free snickers!

Andrew plans to continue chasing through Wednesday June 10.

By Dan Stillman  | June 5, 2009; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Capital Weather Gang, VORTEX2  
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Comments

After several weeks of inaction, VORTEX2 finally struck pay dirt this evening, in SE Goshen County Wyoming! They filmed and collected data for a complete tornado sequence over 25 minutes. The complete sequence was telecast live on the Weather Channel.

Must leave for my dance soon & hope to give more details over the weekend. The tornado evolved over open country and radar shows that the parent supercell moved west to east from the area south of Yoder, WY to the general area of Lagrange, WY. It then moved east into Nebraska.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 5, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

After the slow start to the project looks like Andrew chose a perfect time to go.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 5, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I was on that tornado as well, actually was located closer than TWC was. It was a great event for the scientists, with all assets deployed. They lost several windshields from massive hail, and it was a very picturesque tornado. Stay tuned to our twitter feed and to the site for more details and stories over the next few days.

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | June 6, 2009 3:16 AM | Report abuse

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