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STORM-CHASING SCIENTIST TALKS TORNADOES

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Posted on November 29, 2010

A scientist who participated in the largest tornado field project in history will describe her work to meteorology students and other weather buffs at California University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Karen Kosiba is a postdoctoral scientist at the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in Boulder, Colo.  She will discuss VORTEX2 — the Verification of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2 — at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 in Eberly Hall, Room 110, on the campus in California, Pa.

Her talk is part of the ongoing Meteorology/Earth Sciences Colloquia series at Cal U.

The second phase of VORTEX 2 ran from May 1 through June 15, 2010. More than 100 scientists conducted field experiments on severe weather outbreaks across the Great Plains to answer basic questions about tornadoes, such as how, when and why they form; how they can be predicted more accurately; and why some are stronger and longer-lasting than other twisters.

Kosiba operated a Doppler on Wheels unit and coordinated CSWR teams during the VORTEX 2 project, which received $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Weather Channel also reported on the project earlier this year.

The original VORTEX, in the mid-1990s, inspired the film Twister.

Admission to Kosiba’s talk is free, and the public may attend. Parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.