Vortex 2 Weather Chasers Come To Midland

Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A crew of about 120 scientists and meteorologists called the Vortex 2 made their way to the Permian Basin on Friday morning to study the mystery of tornados.

"We have 50 scientific cars and 10 mobile reader trucks really anything that will help us out learning the mystery of tornados," Vortex 2 Scientist, Joshua Wurman said.

The Vortex 2 travels state to state to chase and study storms but scientists say this weekend's focus is West Texas.

"We're studying how tornados come, the structure, why super cells are made and this is where it's most likely to be," Wurman said.

"Everyday we study forecast and that determines where we go the next day," Mission Scientist, Paul Markowski said.

Scientists say while chasing storms can be extremely risky, it's a job that needs to be done.

"We don't hope it will hit any town, but we hope to learn it and help make better warnings," Wurman said.