ND Tracer Experiment 1993


The North Dakota Tracer Experiment (NDTE) was a multi-agency cooperative research program designed to examine thunderstorm and hailstorm characteristics and evolution, with emphasis on the transport of tracers within the studied storms, and the development of precipitation and hail.

Data collection began 21 June and continued through 30 July 1993. The research was conducted over the central and western plains of North Dakota, with project headquarters in Bismarck. The nucleus of the NDTE was also funded by NOAA and the State of North Dakota through the Federal-State Cooperative Program in Atmospheric Modification Research (NOAA/AMP), with supplemental investigations funded by the National Science Foundation.

Another Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program allowed students to be involved in the data collection, which included three instrumented aircraft, two Doppler weather radars, a mobile atmospheric sounding system, and numerous other more conventional weather sensors.

Archived data and copies of the data inventory document are available by written request submitted to the Atmospheric Resource Board, 900 E Boulevard Ave Dept 770, Bismarck, ND 58505-0850. Though data are in the public domain, charges may be assessed for duplication.