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VORTEX2 On the Record

Original statements, interviews, and publications by NSSL V2 Scientists

"We cannot forecast well what we don't understand" — Dave Stensrud, NSSL

"Data collected from V2 will help researchers understand how tornadoes form and how the large-scale environment of thunderstorms is related to tornado formation" — Lou Wicker, NSSL

"We still do not completely understand tornadogenesis—it is our hope that VORTEX2 will finally provide some of the answers we've been seeking." — Roger Wakimoto, NCAR

"Without very high-resolution observations, it's very hard to tell the difference on radar between a supercell thunderstorm that produces a tornado and one that doesn't." — David Dowell, NCAR

"This is about saving lives. It's that simple." — Adam Houston, UN-Lincoln

"The real prize will be to document what's happening in that thirty-minute period before the tornado forms." — David Dowell, NCAR

"An important finding from the original VORTEX experiment was that tornadoes happen on a smaller time and space scales than scientists had thought." — Stephan Nelson, NSF

"It is by far the most ambitious, largest tornado study that has every happened." — Joshua Wurman, CSWR

"The goal is to use the best observations we have now and all of the information we gathered in VORTEX, and take that to make models. The end game is to help forecasters predict what is going on more accurately." — Kevin Kelleher, NSSL

"I don't even think we have found all the ways that tornadoes form. We need to be able to observe all the scales of motion, and VORTEX2 is designed to allow that to happen." — Mike Biggerstaff, OU