The Severe Weather Research Vehicle (SWRV) continues testing of probe launcher in northwest Kansas on 10-6-2009. The interception of some severe supercells near Hoxie, Kansas was spectacular. The Winter Storm was a Surprise from the almost 90 degree temps in Kansas. The "SWRV" gets an unexpected twist... Temperatures under 20 degrees !!!
Then on 10-8-09... It was a winter wonderland in the Garden of the Gods area of Colorado Springs. The (SWRV) journeys into the wilderness to document an early winter cold front. The mission was to continue the intense training of the search and rescue canine. Terra (the search and rescue canine) has logged over 15,000 miles this year in a multitude of severe weather events in the (SWRV). She has been directly under tornadic circulation, 100 feet of a touchdown, extreme lightning, large hail, and diverse weather conditions ranging from 10 degrees to over 120 degrees.
The SWS Canine, a Giant Schnauzer, is well rehearsed in retrieval of objects drawn to by scent in a multitude of terrain. Her training in this mission was in steep rocks with below freezing conditions.
(More pictures below of the Severe Weather Research Vehicle & the Canine in Action)
Look for the "SWRV" video on this page & our youtube channel in the coming days.
Colorado is a great place for altitude training... The best scenery all year round, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, skiing, and of course... STORM CHASING !!! The geographical setup of this area is second to none. This location offers our team some growing progress moving into the 2010 spring severe weather season in the Great Plains.
The "SWRV" vehicle is fully equipped with the latest electronics for "all" severe weather research.