TTU storm chasers collect data on Midwest storm system

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Updated: 5/22/2013 8:13 pm

Texas Tech storm chasers collected real-time data from the massive weather system that spawned so many storms as it crossed over the Midwest.

The Tech crew headed out last Saturday to follow the path of the system. The three Red Raiders met up with their counterparts from the University of Michigan. They are partners in the research.

The crews took measurements with a radar and studied the structure of an EF3 tornado that hit near Dodge City, Kansas.

Texas Tech Associate Professor Christopher Weiss said, "The data we gathered is going to help us create this three-dimensional depiction of specifically the EF3 tornado near Dodge City, on Saturday." It will help us better understand what is going on structure wise and the horizontal and vertical, and those findings will hopefully apply to all large tornado's and help us better understand what causes them to occur, and also intensify."

The crew returned Monday. They are on stand-by to track severe storms near the Panhandle Thursday.

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paulkrogman - 5/23/2013 5:33 PM
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Oklahoma is not part of the midwest.
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