ND Thunderstorm Project 1989


The North Dakota Thunderstorm Project (NDTP) was a multi-agency cooperative research program designed to examine a number of facets of thunderstorm characteristics and evolution, including transport and dispersion, entrainment, cloud-ice initiation, storm structure, atmospheric chemistry, and electrification.

The NDTP was funded by NOAA and the State of North Dakota through the Federal-State Cooperative Program in Atmospheric Modification Research (NOAA/AMP). Additional investigations were funded by the National Science Foundation, including a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program which allowed students to be involved in the data collection effort.

Data collection began June 12 and continued through July 22, 1989. The research was conducted over the central and western plains of North Dakota, with project headquarters in Bismarck.

Data were collected using six instrumented aircraft, three Doppler weather radars, two atmospheric sounding systems, a Doppler acoustic sounder, 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 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0850. Though data are in the public domain, charges may be assessed for duplication.