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June 2003

A new rapid-scan radar for fast-changing storms

With a funnel cloud just to its north, the sights of this rapid-scan Doppler on Wheels unit are trained squarely on a tornadic supercell near Stratford in the northwest Texas Panhandle. The storm dropped at least six twisters during the evening of 15 May. The new DOW and its two predecessors have been busy tracking tornadoes and severe thunderstorms across the plains over the last few weeks as part of Project ROTATE (Radar Observation of Thunderstorms and Tornadoes Experiment). All three DOW units have been developed since the mid-1990s by NCAR affiliate scientist Josh Wurman (Center for Severe Weather Research), in tandem with ATD scientists and engineers, NCAR Design and Fabrication Services, and the University of Oklahoma. •Bob Henson

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