Hello everyone. Many of you have probably already heard the reports and seen some of the images out of Oklahoma from May 10th. Numerous tornadoes touched down, killing 5 people, destroying numerous houses and businesses, damaging many more and cutting power to many towns. The storms were less than ideal for Vortex2 operations though. First of all, they occurred in an area (eastern OK) that is not as suitble for chasing as much of the rest of our domain is. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the storms were moving very, very fast. Many traveled at 50 to 60 mph, with one along the OK/KS border that had a reported speed of 70 mph. With storms moving at that rate, it is not possible for the armada to ‘chase’ as we usually would. Instead, we set up a net near Stroud, OK before storms formed and hoped for the best. Unfortunately, tornadic storms moved just to the north and south of our net. Some teams were able to drop south, but for many, it was too late. We knew it would be a challenge, and were unfortunately not able to collect any photographic or video data. Some of the radars associated with the project were scanning though, and a damage survey was warranted. That is being conducted by members of our team as I type. Results from that will be posted later. The rest of the armada is en route to a new target for today…if storms form, there is a decent chance they will become tornadic. Stay tuned!