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There have been many attempts to create sensors that are deployed into tornadoes to measure ground and low altitude wind speeds, pressure, and other metrics. Although there has been limited success, we have failed to continuously and reliably achieve this.

The WXOpenSource project is being launched to solve this and many other similar problems in the meteorological community. Although the idea was formed while researching tornadoes, we believe the mission can be expanded into many other areas.

This project will launch a friendly community where scientists, students, government, corporations, and amateurs alike can equally brainstorm and collaborate on new methods for measuring weather and climate change. Open communication and sharing of ideas and findings will be the key to success.

We are currently seeking feedback to determine the viability of this model. Please take a moment to give us your thoughts and ideas. Your comments will guide this project

 

Kevin Barton soldering an Arduino Uno based tornado probe prototype

Ray Bohac (left) and Bill Beach (right) after testing the use of a zorb ball.. a new possible deployment system