Mobile Mesonet

Center for Severe Weather Research

The Center For Severe Weather Research (CSWR), a non-profit research organization located in Boulder, Colorado, funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with close collaborations with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Pennsylvania State University. CSWR's scope includes The Doppler On Wheels (DOW), Bistatic Network, and Rapid-Scan programs, and related tornado, hurricane, and convective initiation studies, and educational efforts. Several CSWR facilities are now available through the NSF Deployment Pool.

Mobile Mesonet Network

The Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) operates a fleet of Mobile Mesonets (MM) which are pickup trucks containing observing instruments. The Mobile Mesonet fleet is able to deploy inside and close to various meteorological phenomena such as supercells, mesoscale boundaries, hurricanes, lake effect snow bands, rainbands, microbursts and wildfires in order to observe thermodynamic, wind, and other parameters.

CSWR’s MM fleet comprises 4 pick-up trucks, outfitted with customizable instrumentation masts at the extreme front of the vehicles at 3.5 m above ground level. The masts are separated as much as reasonably possible from the thermal and kinematic contaminating effects of the vehicles. Mounted laptops and data loggers ingest and display data in real time. MMs can travel on most roads and at up to normal highway speeds to execute transects across slowly propagating phenomena, or can remain stationary. Typical measurements include temperature, relative humidity, wind, pressure, and GPS location. Instrumentation can be customized for each mission.

CSWR’s MM vehicles can be used to transport and deploy Weather Pods and as a base to launch upper air soundings.  Since the crews of the MM’s can launch the soundings, the soundings can be launched for only the cost of the expendables, which can be requested from the NSF Deployment Pool.

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