PERiLS: Propagation, Evolution, and Rotation in Linear Storms

One of the largest and most comprehensive severe storm field campaigns to date will take place across the Southeast United States in the late winter and spring periods of 2022 and 2023. PERiLS (Propagation, Evolution, and Rotation in Linear Storms) will leverage dozens of in-situ and ground-based remote sensing platforms to characterize the near-storm environments and internal storm processes associated with tornado-producing quasi-linear convective systems (QLCSs) and other non-classical tornadic storms in areas spanning from the Missouri bootheel southward to the Gulf Coast and from the mid- and lower-Mississippi Valley eastward to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Research

PERiLS will focus on three particular research areas:

  • Understanding and characterizing the near-storm environments of tornadic QLCSs, including the spatiotemporal variability and how that variability impacts storm-scale evolution.
  • Documenting mesocyclone/mesovortex formation and evolution within tornadic QLCSs and the associated vertical draft structures, thermodynamic and kinematic properties, microphysics, and electrification of the cells within the QLCSs.
  • Mapping and documenting the damage caused by QLCSs and linking that information to high-resolution observations to better understand QLCS wind hazards and their causes.

Partners

NSF

NOAA

  • NSSL
  • Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL)
  • Global Systems Laboratory (GSL)

Universities

  • University of Oklahoma (/CIWRO)
  • University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • University of Louisiana, Monroe
  • Purdue
  • Texas Tech
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • North Carolina State