new PECAN Logo_0

NCAS Faculty, Fellows, Alumni, and Summer Intern are collaborating in this exciting research this summer.

NCAS Participants:

  1. Dr. Belay Demoz, NCAS Co-PI
  2. Dr. Monique Walker, NCAS Alumni
  3. Mr. Lorenza Cooper, NCAS Fellow
  4. Mr. Sium Tesfai Gebremariam, NCAS Fellow
  5. Mr. Dial Hoang, 2015 NCAS Summer Intern
May 20, 2015

Scientists tackle mystery of thunderstorms that strike at night
Researchers armed with more than 100 scientific instruments will spend six weeks this summer probing nocturnal thunderstorms on the Great Plains.
David Hosansky, NCAR/UCAR Media Relations

Laura Snider, NCAR/UCAR Media Relations

BOULDER – Thunderstorms that form at night, without a prod from the Sun’s heat, are a mysterious phenomenon. This summer scientists will be staying up late in search of some answers.

From June 1 through July 15, researchers from across North America will fan out each evening across the Great Plains, where storms are more common at night than during the day. The research effort, co-organized by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and several collaborating institutions, will use lab-equipped aircraft, ground-based instruments, and weather balloons to better understand the atmospheric conditions that lead to storm formation and evolution after sunset.
To read more, please click here.

For more information about the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) Campaign, click here.