Project Sesame (Severe Environmental Storms and Mesoscale Experiment) 79 will focus on obtaining data to evaluate three-dimensional thunderstorm simulation models. Conceived as a collaboration among government agencies (NOAA and NASA) and groups funded by these agencies and by NSF (the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the university atmospheric science community), Sesame will lay the foundation for improved prediction of severe convective storms. Sesame's focus is on storms accompanied by extreme winds, tornadoes, and hail, particularly those occurring in ‘family’ outbreaks.
Investigators interested in participating in Sesame should discuss their ideas with Richard Dirks of the NSF Atmospheric Sciences Division as soon as possible. Although they may be using the agency-supplied observation systems, experimenters must obtain their own funding resources for specific projects.