PECAN: Plains Elevated Convection At Night study begins June 1st 2015 and runs through June 15.
On June 1st, over 100 researchers from across the country will be converging on the Great Plains to chase and study huge severe thunderstorm complexes, called Mesoscale Convective Systems, which cause floods, damaging winds and hail after dark!
On Saturday, May 30, 2015 the Hays, Kansas Regional Airport will host an open house for the community and media to learn more about PECAN.
The open house starts at 2:00 PM with a short overview of PECAN, a tour of dozens of storm-intercepting vehicles/instruments, including the University of Wyoming's King Aircraft and mobile radars. Participate in a weather balloon launching!
PECAN scientists and student crews will answer your questions (or just chat about the science behind nighttime thunderstorms!) Community groups, schools, individuals, families, kids of all ages, and media are welcome! PECAN info can be found at: http://www.pecan15.org.
Open House for the PECAN Research Project!
Hays Regional Airport
2:00 PM: Introduction to PECAN
2:30 - 5:00PM: Instrument Tours, Demos
3:00 and 4:00PM: Weather Balloon Launches
* All are welcome to visit the fleet of mobile laboratories to learn more about the project!
* Get in the mobile radars and explore the research aircraft to gain a researcher’s perspective of the instrumentation
* Talk about nighttime storms with researchers from national laboratories and universities