The Verification of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast project focuses on tornadic storms and the special concerns associated with these storms in the southeastern United States. Meteorological issues in this region include nighttime and cool season tornadoes, rapid boundary layer evolution, the role of terrain in the variability of environments conducive to tornadoes, and Quasi-Linear Convective System tornadoes. Social science concerns relate to how people in the southeast receive and respond to tornado forecasts and warnings, as well as how prior tornado event and warning histories influence their responses.
The November workshop will establish themes for VORTEX-SE research that will span over the next several years. These themes will address the social science, meteorological, and resulting operational concerns that arise from severe weather events in the southeast. At the conclusion of the workshop, a roadmap of research projects will be outlined, along with information about sequencing, scope, duration, and cost. This information will be available for use by various federal agencies to guide funding decisions. The first field campaign of VORTEX-SE will be conducted in the spring of 2016.