From a University of Oklahoma press release, a view of a hook echo like never before.
Norman, Okla.—At the University of Oklahoma, researchers captured unprecedented high-resolution radar data during the May 10, 2010, tornadoes using one of the most advanced weather radars in the world.
“This unique polarimetric data set is likely to reveal new discoveries about tornado genesis and severe storms for years to come,” said the Director of OU’s Atmospheric Radar Research Center, Robert D. Palmer.
Figure 1. Data and image location just east of Thunderbird Lake, Norman, Oklahoma on May 10, 2010, at 5:44 pm.
Palmer’s team is currently processing the data using advanced techniques developed at OU and preparing it for distribution.
“The close proximity of the tornadoes to the OU radar has produced data with fine details of the storms never seen before with any radar.”
Located on the OU Research Campus within walking distance of the National Weather Center, the C-band, polarimetric, research weather radar known as OU-PRIME (Polarimetric Radar for Innovations in Meteorology and Engineering) was built to provide OU students and faculty with a platform for research and education in the field of radar meteorology.
Figure 2. OU-PRIME is an advanced Doppler weather radar on the University of Oklahoma Research Campus in Norman, Oklahoma.
The ARRC is an interdisciplinary center that brings together academia, government and private sector collaborators to solve challenging radar problems, prepare the next-generation of students and encourage economic growth and development in the field of weather radar. The collaboration results in research and development projects, educational opportunities for OU students and economic growth in the state.
For those of you that like to follow thunderstorms, don’t forget that there’s a dedicated appliance that will give you your own live radar channel on your TV on monitor. It may not be as cutting edge as the OU prime radar, but still pretty darn cool and useful.
Above: the StormPredator Radar Appliance automatically updates and loops the radar imagery. Click image to see larger image showing terrain and storm detail.
It uses a special version of our popular StormPredator desktop software designed for unattended continuous operation. If you just want to track storms (and calculate ETA to your location) on your laptop or desktop, you can do so easily and inexpensively with the StormPredator desktop software.