Mason, Miss. (WCBI) – Several research teams from the University of Alabama Huntsville and other colleges across the country collected data ahead of Tuesday’s storms.
The teams were spread across central Mississippi using radar and profiling instruments to collect data based on things like wind, atmosphere and precipitation. Joshua Huggins, Adam Weiner and Melissa Gonzalez-Fuentes formed the team that installed in the Macon area to look for rotation and conversion signatures to better understand how winds change and ultimately turn into a tornado.
“The data we collect here will be data researched by students and lab researchers,” Weiner says. “The goal is to better understand what is happening before we see the genesis of tornadoes in these linear storms. And before we see severe weather, as the environment changes, perceiving it could impact how or where severe weather occurs.
The goal is to use this information to increase warning time for tornadoes and better anticipate the location of severe weather events.
Huggins says they are constantly monitoring nearby storms and crews have escape routes in place. He says the search teams are equipped with two trucks so they can steer clear of the storm’s path while letting the radar collect more data.