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November 14, 2001
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Ride Inside A Thunderstorm
Ride inside a thunderstorm aboard South Dakota’s T- 28 armored aircraft during The Weather Channel show “ Atmospheres” this weekend. The show is scheduled to air at 6 p. m. ( MST) Sunday, Nov. 18.
A crew from “ Atmospheres” visited South Dakota in August. The crew placed two cameras inside the T- 28 plane before it flew into a thunderstorm over the Black Hills. The crew also interviewed several members of the T- 28 team, all of whom work for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
“ This is the only plane in the country that can fly into a thunderstorm and withstand three- inch hail,” T- 28 pilot Tom Warner said. “ The flights give us valuable data about thunderstorms, and South Dakotans should be proud we have that ability here.”
Scientists use data from the airplane to better understand how thunderstorms are formed, to learn what storms will produce hail, and to learn other facts that can help forecasters predict how severe storms will become.
“ There’s a lot we don’t know about tornado genesis, lightning and thunderstorm formation, and the T- 28 is helping us figure those things out,” Warner said.
The T- 28 team also uses the plane to help develop better weather radar.
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