Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Storm Chasing Doppler on Wheels Radar Coming to Utah!

A storm-chasing Doppler on Wheels (DOW) radar will be coming to the University of Utah in November for the Outreach and Radar Education in Orography (OREO) field program.  

The visit of the DOW, operated by the Center for Severe Weather Research and supported by the National Science Foundation, will give University of Utah students a hands-on education in radar operations and interpretation, mountain and lake-effect precipitation processes, and the use of mobile observing platforms for field research. 

The DOW last visited campus in fall of 2011.  We had a field day, observing everything from intense fronts pushing through the Salt Lake Valley to lake-effect bands pushing into the Wasatch Range. 

During the visit, atmospheric sciences graduate students will plan and lead several DOW field deployments and educational activities for majors and non majors.  We are also planning a major public display of the DOW.

More information on these activities will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned!


  1. I think we can all agree that OREO is the best field campaign acronym yet.

  2. so why is the DOW on stilts with the wheels off the ground ?

  3. It's done for leveling and stability. It is highly advantageous to operate the radar leveled.