TV ‘Storm chaser’ and weather radar inventor Joshua Wurman coming to UND

Joshua Wurman, research meteorologist

Research Meteorologist and Weather Radar Inventor Joshua Wurman will present “Running the Wrong Way: Chasing Tornadoes and Hurricanes for Science” at the University of North Dakota’s at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, in Clifford Hall Room 210.

Wurman, inventor of the first Doppler on Wheels (DOW) mobile radar, will discuss his adventures using the DOW and other instruments to probe the mysteries within tornadoes and hurricanes. Tours of the DOW will begin starting at 5:30 PM that evening outside Clifford Hall.

Wurman also has appeared in many television shows, including the Discovery Channel’s series, “Storm Chasers”.

Wurman’s visit to UND marks the beginning of a three-week deployment of the DOW to the greater Grand Forks area to study snow in a project called SNOwD UNDER (Student Nowcasting and Observations with the DOW at UND: Education through Research).  More than 47 UND students and children from nine K-12 schools will participate.

The event is being hosted by UND’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences and is open to the public. Student participants in SNOwD UNDER are especially invited to attend

The DOW is assisting in the SNOwD UNDER through National Science Foundation grant # NSF-ATM-0734001.

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Links:

UND Department of Atmospheric Sciences   http://atmos.und.edu

Center for Severe Weather Research            http://www.cswr.org/

Dr. Joshua Wurman, short biography:          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Wurman

Original SNOwD UNDER Backgrounder:    http://www2.und.nodak.edu/our/news/story.php?id=3270

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