Join the virtual thunderstorm chase

May 25, 2012 | Experience the thrill of the chase from your desktop as scientists and observing experts from NCAR (EOL, NESL/ACD, and NESL/MMM) and a host of other labs and universities pursue thunderstorms in Alabama, Colorado, and Oklahoma on the DC3 field campaign during May and June.

Scientists involved in the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry experiment, or DC3, are blogging, tweeting and posting observations and photos from the field until the end of June.

The project is exploring the influence of thunderstorms on ozone production by seeking to understand what happens when clouds suck air up from Earth’s surface many miles into the atmosphere.

Researchers are employing three research aircraft, mobile radars, lightning mapping arrays, and other tools to build a comprehensive picture of the atmospheric conditions surrounding thunderstorms. NCAR, Pennsylvania State University, Colorado State University, and NOAA are leading the effort with involvement by more than 100 researchers from 26 organizations.

(Above: EOL's John Cowan makes adjustments to a sensor pod on the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V before takeoff on the DC3 campaign. @UCAR. Photo by Alison Rockwell, NCAR.)

Follow along

DC3 Blog

Live stream: AtmosNews social media page
(use "@DC3_Operations" in lieu of a hashtag)

NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory


Follow the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V
Real-Time Flight Position - Google Earth & Flight Aware

Home Page
DC3 - Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry
(Live updates, flight tracks on Google Earth, incoming data, and more)

News Releases & Press Clips
DC3 In the News