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Tornado Intercept Delayed by Good Weather

by Steve Sisney Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm •  Published: May 10, 2009

It’s ironic.  After packing my bags, charging my batteries and kissing my wife goodbye, I arrive to the VORTEX2 meeting to find no viable targets are available.  Trip cancelled because of good weather.

I did get an idea of the size of the project.  The auditorium at the National Weather Service was full of researchers and grad students (most of them peering into laptop screens) who also found out that Sunday would be a day to test equipment instead of a day to travel to severe storms.

Also ironic is the fact that a lot of the science used to predict no super cell storms and no-go for Vortex2 was derived from the information gathered years earlier by VORTEX1.

The indicators for upcoming severe weather that co-principal investigators Josh Wurman and Erik Rasmussen alluded to in the meeting this morning show that we will probably leave Monday to travel to northwest Oklahoma for the first showdown.

George Bryan, National Center for Atmospheric research in Boulder, Colo. and about 100 of the team for VORTEX2 attend the 10:00 am. update and hear that there isn't a target storm for Sunday or Mondy on the first day of VORTEX2 at the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. on Sunday, May 10, 2009.  Bryan is in charge of wether baloons for the project.

Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
George Bryan, National Center for Atmospheric research in Boulder, Colo. and about 100 of the team for VORTEX2 attend the 10:00 am. update and hear that there isn't a target storm for Sunday or Mondy on the first day of VORTEX2 at the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. on Sunday, May 10, 2009. Bryan is in charge of wether baloons for the project. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
George Bryan, National Center for Atmospheric research in Boulder, Colo. and about 100 of the team for VORTEX2 attend the 10:00 am. update and hear that there isn't a target storm for Sunday or Mondy on the first day of VORTEX2 at the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. on Sunday, May 10, 2009.  Bryan is in charge of weather baloons for the project.

Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
George Bryan, National Center for Atmospheric research in Boulder, Colo. and about 100 of the team for VORTEX2 attend the 10:00 am. update and hear that there isn't a target storm for Sunday or Mondy on the first day of VORTEX2 at the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. on Sunday, May 10, 2009. Bryan is in charge of weather baloons for the project. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

-Steve Sisney


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Steve Sisney—married Brenda Joyce (Pierce) of Velma, Oklahoma in 1977. They have three children—Brent, Jason, and Tana; and four grandchildren. Sisney has been a staff photographer for The Oklahoman since 1987. He has photographed presidents...
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