The Jackson State University Meteorology Program is hosting the Center for Severe Weather Research’s Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW) from February 21 through March 11. The DOW is a completely mobile Doppler radar that has made headlines for its groundbreaking up-close measurements of wind circulations within tornadoes and hurricanes. It is operated by the Center for Severe Weather Research with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Besides training JSU meteorology students, research data will be collected as part of a larger long-term observing effort known as “Coordinated Mesoscale Measurements in Mississippi” (CM3), focused around the vicinity of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. During the second week of the deployment, there will be outreach opportunities for the public to see and learn about the DOW. To mark the 45th anniversary of the F5 tornado that destroyed the Candlestick Park area of South Jackson on March 3, 1966, there will be talks and a public viewing on the JSU campus and at the meeting of the Central Mississippi chapter of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. One of the program’s highlights will be seminar, “Use of Doppler-on-Wheels for Studying Tornadoes and Hurricanes,” by Karen Koshiba of the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colo., at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, March 3, in lecture hall room 148 of Just Hall of Science.
Depending on meteorological conditions, JSU hopes to use the DOW for observing small-scale effects of the reservoir and local surface features on the near-surface wind field during severe thunderstorms, bore-like frontal passages, strong gradient winds, and fog dissipation.
For more information or to participate, contact Loren White, associate professor and coordinator of the meteorology program at JSU, at Loren.D.White@jsums.edu or 601-979-3635. White serves as president of the Central Mississippi chapter of the American Meteorological Society.