The Mobile Meteorological Mesonet Vehicle (M3V)

The Mobile Meteorological Mesonet Vehicle (M3V)

It has been well documented through various studies that tornadic storms are influenced by, and can modify, the environment that is directly surrounding the storm. One popular way to study this near-storm environment is to gather surface data (temperature, relative humidity, pressure, wind data, etc.) in these regions. Mobile mesonet vehicles with surface instruments mounted to the roof of these vehicles can be used to drive in close proximity of the near-storm environment.

In the earlier years, UAH utilized a Cheverolet Impala with surface instruments mounted to the roof to intercept near-sdetorm environments of tornadic storms, land-falling hurricanes, and winter weather. The M3V was upgraded to a 2009 Subaru Forester in 2017. M3V is typically operated by 2-4 personnel (1 driver, 1 radar anaylist/navigator, 1 documenter, and a spotter) and can be deployed in under 5 minutes