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The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $1.4 million to Texas Tech researchers to develop a new radar prototype specifically designed to measure wind flow in wind farms. Dr. John Schroeder, Professor in the Atmospheric Science Group, discusses this project in an article found HERE.

May 2014

Dr. Jennifer Vanos, Assistant Professor in the Atmospheric Science Group at Tech, received one of only 35 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards for research from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). She was selected from 134 applicants. The $5,000 award from ORAU will be matched by an equal amount from Texas Tech.


Dr. John Schroeder, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the National Wind Institute, was selected as an Integrated Scholar for 2014 at Texas Tech. An interview with Dr. Schroeder can be found here. Additional information on the Integrated Scholar program at Texas Tech can be found here.


Nick Smith, graduate student in the Atmospheric Science Group, was selected as a winner in the Fifth Conference on Weather, Climate and the New Energy Economy Student Competition. The competition was held during the American Meteorological Society's 94th annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. Nick's abstract, "Ensemble Sensitivity Analysis of Wind Ramps", won the award for Best Oral Presentation.


Dr. Eric Bruning, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant. The 5-year project, titled "Thunderstorm Electrical Energy Structure, Dissipation, and Visualization", will support two years of field observations in 2015 and 2016. Comparison of turbulence data from high-resolution Doppler radars to lightning flash rate and extent will test the hypothesis that turbulent convective motions are the source of electrical energy in storms, and that those motions are a primary control on the size of lightning flashes as they organize a thunderstorm's charge.

In an era of increasing computational resources and emphasis on data management and digital knowledge dissemination, this project will train students to adopt best practices in reproducible scientific research using open, pan-disciplinary tools enabled by dispersed, diverse internet-based communities. Working with the Texas Tech School of Art, the rich textural character of lightning and thunderstorm motions will be conveyed to the public in an immersive gallery exhibit derived from field data.

National Science Foundation Award

Drs. Brian Hirth and John Schroeder have been awarded funding by the NSF CBET program for their proposal titled, "Building the Foundation for Smart Wind Farms through First-Order Controls Opportunities based on Real-Time Observations of Complex Flows". Over the next three years, this project will utilize the TTUKa radars to provide innovative data collection technologies, strategies, and analysis techniques to document the complex flow fields across several operational wind farms. Through industrial partnerships, this information will be integrated with operational turbine data and first-order controls to construct and test transformative methods for developing the first generation of "smart" wind farms.

Dr. Weiss Receives Grant

Dr. Chris Weiss, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science, received an award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for a project entitled "Energy-Aware Aerial Systems for Persistent Sampling and Surveillance". A collaborative effort with the University of Colorado and the University of Nebraska, this work will integrate mobile Doppler radar and unmanned aerial system technologies to create an energy-aware, airborne, data-driven system for persistent sensing in complex atmospheric comditions. Applications of this integration will include sampling of environments preceding deep convection initiation and within severe thunderstorms.

Dr. Schroeder Receives Award

Dr. John Schroeder, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director, Wind Science and Engineering (WiSE) Research Center at Texas Tech is the recipient of the 2012 IAWE (International Association of Wind Engineering) Junior Award. Dr. Schroeder received the award for his great contibutions to the wind engineering community.

Severe Weather Awareness Day-March 2014

The 8th annual Severe Weather Awareness Day will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Science Spectrum on the south Loop in Lubbock, Texas. This is a free event and will feature hands-on weather experiments and demonstrations, safety tips, raffle prizes and some of the latest weather equipment including one of Tech's own mobile radar trucks. This event is presented by the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at Tech along with KCBD-TV, the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross, among others.

ATMO Welcomes New Faculty-Fall 2013

Dr. Jenni Vanos comes to us from Health Canada and the University of Miami's Synoptic Climatology Laboratory, where she has worked since she received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Her interests are in human biometeorology and applied synoptic climatology, with a focus on human health during extreme heat events, and the interactive effects of air pollution. She will also participate in activities in the Texas Tech Climate Science Center.

Dr. Johannes Dahl comes to us from North Carolina State University, where he has been a postdoctoral researcher since 2010. He received his Ph.D. from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. Dr. Dahl's research interests are in the dynamics of convective storms, in particular the development of near-surface rotation in supercells.

In addition, two National Weather Service meteorologists will serve as instructors this fall. They are Mr. Justin Weaver, Meteorologist-in-Charge and Mr. Steve Cobb, Science and Operations Officer of the Weather Forecast Office in Lubbock.

Severe Weather Awareness Day - March 2013
The 7th Annual Severe Weather Awareness Day will be Saturday, March 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm at the Science Spectrum located at 2579 S. Loop 289 in Lubbock. Featured events include hands-on weather experiments, National Weather Service Skywarn Training and a chance to meet Sean Casey and the Tornado Intercept Vehicle of the OMNI film "Tornado Alley". This event is free to the public (except standard ticket rates apply to OMNI Theater films).

Lightning Mapping Array Data

Dr. Eric Bruning, TTU Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, has announced that data from the West Texas Lightning Mapping Array are now available at this website: The real-time images update every minute and are a couple minutes lagged from real time. The LMA data are being used for researach purposes and availability are not guarenteed. The LMA was developed at New Mexico Tech but many others, including the TTU Vice President for Research, the Department of Geosciences, the TTU Wind Science and Engineering Center and site partners were instrumental in establishing the LMA in West Texas.

CAREER Grant Awarded

Dr. Brian Ancell, Assistant Professor in the Atmospheric Science Group, is being awarded a 5-year NSF CAREER grant entitled "CAREER: Quantifying Inadvertent Weather Modification and Education through Museum Programs". This project will focus on examining the effects human activities such as urban development, agricultural practices, and wind/solar power development have on high-impact weather events on a variety of scales. Estimating how these effects are anticipated to evolve over the next century is also a goal of this work. The project includes a major educational component in collaboration with the Museum of Texas Tech University that involves a museum exhibit, traveling educational trunks for local schools, and summer science camps.

Hurricane Research Team Studies Hurricane Sandy- fall 2012
Three members of the Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team have been gathering data from Hurricane Sandy. The team deployed a series of StickNets near the coast where Sandy made landfall to record observations of temperature, relative humidity, pressure and wind that will be analyzed to better understand the nature of these storms. Click HERE to follow the team on Facebook.

Dr. Ancell's Research Featured in Arts & Sciences - 2012
Dr. Brian Ancell, Assistant Professor in the Atmospheric Science Group, is featured in an article on the College of Arts and Sciences web page. In the article, Dr. Ancell discusses his research in which he is investigating the effects of human activity on various weather events. To read the article click HERE

ATMO Grad Students - June 2012
In June, 2012 two of our grad students successfully defended their research toward completing the requirements for the M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science. Erin Kashawlic's thesis was "Comparing Observation Impact on Low-level Wind Forecasts Between an Ensemble Kalman Filter and a 3DVAR Data Assimilation Scheme". Natalie Gusack's thesis was "Using EFM and Soundings to Examine Variation in Thunderstorm Thermodynamics".

6th Annual Severe Weather Awareness Day - Feb 2012
The Atmospheric Science Group at Tech will once again participate in the annual Severe Weather Awareness Day this year. It will be held on Saturday, February 25th from 11 am to 5 pm at the Science Spectrum, 2579 S. Loop 289, in Lubbock. The TTU Radar and storm chasing equipment will be on display along with hands-on weather experiments. The National Weather Service will provide SkyWarn training and the movie "Tornado Alley" will be shown in the OMNI Theater. This is a free event open to the public (Regular rates for the OMNI Theater will apply).

ATMO Students Participate in HESTEC week - Sep/Oct 2011
Four students from the Atmospheric Science Group and the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center participated in the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week in Edinburg, Texas. Over the course of four days (9/28-10/1), these students represented TTU in the "Middle School Challenge" where approximately 1000 grade schoolers saw demonstrations of StickNet and the TTUKa mobile radars.

ATMO Professor participates in wind research project - September 2011

Dr. John Schroeder, Associate Professor in ATMO and Director of the Wind Science and Engineering Center (WISE) at Tech, is a co-principal investigator in a $4 million wind research project. To learn more, click HERE

Grad Student at CNN - June 2011
Sarah Dillingham, Masters Degree Candidate in Atmospheric Science, became the new Meteorologist & Weather Producer for CNN Domestic at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, GA in June 2011. Sarah works with the on-air personalities and creates weather graphics for Wake-UP Call, American Morning, CNN Newsroom and CNN Saturday/Sunday Morning. Sarah is also a member of the National AMS Membership Committee.

Texas Tech Atmospheric Science grad, Joel Tumbiolo, has played an important role in the space shuttle program since 1991. As the Delta Program launch weather officer, he is responsible for a "go/no go" decision for launch based on weather conditions around Cape Canaveral. Mr. Tumbiolo received the M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science in 1989. His research centered on an analysis of the heavy rain event in west Texas and Oklahoma associated with Hurricane Tico. To read more about Mr. Tumbiolo's work with the space shuttle program, click here

Dr. Eric Bruning, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, received a UCAR/COMET/GOES-R award to support interaction with the Lubbock National Weather Service Forecast Office. This one year effort will develop training material and transfer of scientifically sound methodologies for interpreting lightning data in an operational setting. It provides funding for a graduate student to develop the training material this summer and work within the forecast office in close cooperation with forecasters. The training will support use of the new West Texas Lightning Mapping Array that will be deployed this fall.

The Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society worked to raise funds and secure donations to purchase supplies that went to victims of the recent tornadoes in Alabama. A total of 75 bags of toiletry items were mailed to the United Methodist Church in Hackleburg, Alabama where they will be distributed by members of the church. Hackleburg was hit by an EF5 tornado on April 27.

Severe Weather Awareness Day - Feburary 2011
On Saturday, February 26, the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at Texas Tech along with the Science Spectrum, the National Weather Service and KCBD News Channel 11 hosted the 5th Annual Severe Weather Awareness Day in Lubbock. ATMO graduate students and faculty participated by staffing several educational booths where demonstrations of various meteorological principles were provided. Also, some of the meteorological observing platforms used by Tech ATMO researchers were on display.

ATMO Grad Student Honored - January 2011
Sarah Dillingham, graduate student in ATMO, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the National American Meteorological Society's Membership Committee. This committee works toward improving the AMS membership experience by informing members of AMS-related conferences, programs, scholarships, etc. Ms. Dillingham is one of 21 members on the committee.

ATMO Professor Receives Funding - January 2011
Dr. Eric Bruning, Assistant Professor in ATMO, has received $52K in funding from NOAA's next-generation geostationary satellite program known as GOES-R. The funds will be used to support operations and maintenance of the West Texas Lightning Mapping Array (WTLMA). The WTLMA will eventually play a role in validation of the GOES-R Lightning Mapper sensor and will contribute to research on the scientific basis for use of total lightning mapping data in operational forecasting. The purchase of the WTLMA was funded by TTU. System deployment is planned for Summer 2011. The 11 stations comprising the array will be located in Lubbock county and the immediate vicinity, and will map lightning channels inside clouds from the New Mexico border to Oklahoma.

ATMO Professors Receive Funding - January 2011
Dr. Brian Ancell, Assistant Professor in ATMO, and Dr. Christopher Weiss, Associate Professor in ATMO were recently awarded a Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) grant by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This research will focus on improving forecasts of local, high-impact weather events such as severe convection and winter precipitation through the use of forecast sensitivity analysis and probabilistic forecasting techniques. The project will involve several National Weather Service offices, the Storm Prediction Center and the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

Student Chapter of AMS Receives Award - January 2011
The West Texas Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society was awarded Honor Roll Chapter for 2009-10. The Chapter was recognized for the outstanding accomplishments made in the area of community service and educating the people of West Texas on severe weather. The local chapter was recognized during an awards ceremony at the AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, January 2011.

ATMO Grad Student Receives AMS Award - October 2010
Pat Skinner, Graduate Student in ATMO, received one of three awards for Best Student Oral Presentation at the recent American Meteorological Society's Conference on Severe Local Storms. Pat's presentation was entitled "TTUKa Mobile Doppler Observations of Near-Surface Circulations in VORTEX2". The conference was chaired by Dr. Christopher Weiss, Associate Professor in ATMO.

ATMO Professor Attends UCAR Meeting - October 2010
Dr. Brian Ancell, Assistant Professor in ATMO, recently sat on a panel of early-career scientists at the annual meeting of the University Corportion for Atmospheric Research, 4-5 October, in Boulder, CO. The panel debated the role of UCAR and member universities in addressing furture scientific questions and societal needs.

ATMO Hosts Lightning Research Equipment - September 2010
During the last week of September 2010, visitors from Duke University and FMA Research, Inc. visited to install a sprite detection camera and low-frequency electric field change detection antenna on the roof above the Atmospheric Science Group. During the visit, Dr. Lyons gave a seninar describing sprites and their connection to ordinary lightning in thunderstorms.

DOE Grant Awarded to ATMO Professors - Fall 2010
Dr. John Schroeder, Associate Professor in ATMO and Dr. Brian Ancell, Assistant Professor in ATMO were recently awarded funds from the Department of Energy for research into improving short term forecasting for wind power generation. The project will assess utility system benefits with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Researchers from North Carolina State University, the University of Oklahoma and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are also involved.

ATMO Live Web Cams - Summer 2010
Real-time images from two webcams, one looking north and one looking south from the top floor of the Business Administration building have been added to the ATMO web site. The images are updated every minute. Click the Live Webcam link found in the menu on the left of this page.

New Director of WISE - Summer 2010
Dr. John Schroeder, Associate Professor in the ATMO group, is the new Director of the Wind Science and Engineering (WISE) Research Center at Texas Tech. Dr. Schroeder is replacing Dr. Andrew Swift, Professor of Civil Engineering, who is moving to University College to focus on the Texas Wind Energy Institute.

VORTEX2 Ends - June 2010
The VORTEX2 field project for 2010 has ended. Texas Tech Atmospheric Science professors and grad students played a significant role in the collection of data aimed at obtaining a clearer understanding of tornadoes. Texas Tech provided two observing platforms used in VORTEX2. One was the StickNet array and the other were two TTUKa mobile Doppler radars. You can read blog postings and view pictures from the TTU VORTEX2 team HERE

ATMO Welcomes New Faculty - Spring 2010
Dr. Eric Bruning comes to us from the Univ. of Mayland where he has been a Research Associate since June 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bruning's research interests are in the area of cloud and precipitation microphysics and addressing the problems of storm electrification and lightning.

Dr. Song-Lak Kang comes to us from NCAR where he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University. Dr. Kang's research interests are in boundary layer meteorology and its applications to wind power.

ATMO faculty and students attend American Meteorological Meeting
Dr. Christopher Weiss along with several ATMO grad students attended the annual American Meteorological Society Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia from 16-21 January 2010. Dr. Weiss received an award from the AMS for his contributions to the founding and administration of the WxChallenge national weather forecast competition.

Dr. Wiens to Serve on Lightning Sensor Review Panel
Dr. Kyle Wiens, Assistant Professor in the Atmospheric Science Group, will serve as a member of the GOES-R satellite's Independent Ver ification and Validation team. Dr. Wiens provided a technical review of the GOES-R satellite's Global Lightning Mapper algorithm at the GOES- R meeting at the University of Maryland, July 20-23, 2009. The first launch of the GOES-R series of satellites is scheduled for 2015.

ATMO Welcomes Dr. Brian Ancell
The newest member of the faculty in the Atmospheric Science Group is Dr. Brian Ancell. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associ ate at the University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences where he received the Ph.D. degree in August 2006. Dr. Ancell's rese arch focus has been on the development of multi-scale operational WRF model ensemble Kalman filter and improving the predictability of high-im pact weather events using forecast sensitivity. Dr. Ancell will begin his teaching and research duties at Texas Tech in the spring 2010 semes ter.

VORTEX2 Field Project Spring 2009
Dr. Christopher Weiss, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, will lead a team of 18 faculty and students for the Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiement (VORTEX2). One of the goals of this field project is to determine the thermodynamic and kinematic controls on tornadogenesis and maintenance. The project includes multiple partners from variouis universities and federal laboratories. Texas Tech will contribute two observing platforms to the VORTEX2 field phase. One is the StickNet array that will be deployed in the parth of tornado-producing storms to measure atmospheric variables. The other is the newly-constructed TTUKa mobile Doppler radar that will make measurements of the horizontal and vertical structure of tornado cyclones. The project will last for two spring seasons with the 2009 field phase running from 10 May-13June.

Third Annual Severe Weather Awareness Day
The Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at Texas Tech will be co-hosting the third annual Severe Weather Awareness Day on Saturday, February 28th, from 11 am to 5 pm at the Science Spectrum and OMNI Theater in Lubbock. More information can be found at the 2009 Severe Weather Awareness website.

ATMO Professor and Grad Students Attend AMS Conference - Octobear 2008
Dr. Christopher Weiss, Assistant Professor, and four graduate students attended the American Meteorological Society's 24th conference on Severe Local Storms from 27-31 October 2008. The conference was held in Savannah, Georgia. Six papers were presented on topics related to severe storm structure and tornadogenesis. Mr. Joel Dreessen, graduate student, was honored with third prize in the student competition for his presentation entitled, "Kinematic and Thermodynamic Variability in the Supercell Environment Observed Using StickNet".

West Texas Mesonet Award - Fall 2008
Wes Burgett, along with West Texas Mesonet Team members Brian Hirth and Ross Williamson, and Faculty Director Dr. John Schroeder, were recently notified that they will be receiving the 2008 Larry R. Johnson Special Award from the National Weather Association. This award is presented to an individual or group to recognize unique events or extraordinary accomplishments that significantly contributed to operational meteorology. The award will be presented at the NWA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on 15 October 2008.

Dr. Christopher Weiss Receives NSF Award - Fall 2008
Dr. Christopher Weiss, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, recently received a four-year National Science Foundation award in the amount of $645,000 to participate in the 2009-2010 Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2 (VORTEX2). Dr. Weiss will be using StickNet technology, developed at Texas Tech, to assess the spectrum of thermodynamic and kinematic variability within supercell thunderstorms and its potential effects on low-level mesocyclogenesis and tornadogenesis.

Alumni News - Fall 2008
Alumni News: Rachael Rogers, who recently received the M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech, is now working as a Wind Resource Analyst for Alliant Energy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her responsibilities include assessing expected energy output from wind farms, performing wind site suitability analysis, and creating maps using GIS for prioritizing sites that will maximize wind energy output.

Dr. Christopher Weiss Winner of Grant Competition - Fall 2008
Dr. Christopher Weiss, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, was a winner of the fall 2008 Research Enrichment Fund grant competition at Texas Tech. Dr. Weiss received a grant of $35,000 for a proposal entitled, "Pilot Study: Pioneering Measurements of Tornadogenesis and Tornado Vortex Structure Using Emerging Technologies at TTU."

Dr. Chia-bo Chang Published in New Book - 2008
Dr. Chia-Bo Chang, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science, is co-author of two chapters (chapters 3 and 4) in a recently published book by CRC press entitled, Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures .

Dr. Sukanta Basu Awarded Grant - 2008
The Norman-Hackerman Advanced Research Program has recently awarded a $129,000 grant to Dr. Lance Manuel (UT-Austin)and Dr. Sukanta Basu, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science at Tech, to study the impacts of atmospheric turbulence on wind turbine loads and reliability.

Dr. Sukanta Basu Awarded NSF-CAREER Grant - 2008
Dr. Sukanta Basu, Assistant Professor, was awarded a five-year NSF-CAREER grant of $505,000. This grant will be used to conduct research in the areas of low-level jets, mesoscale modeling, and wind energy; to develop a new graduate course on wind power meteorology; to forge a collaboration with a local K-12 school; and to provide support for a post-doctoral associate and a PhD student.

Faculty/Students Attend AMS Conference - spring 2008
Dr. John Schroeder, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science, and graduate students Brian Hirth and Ian Giammanco will attend the American Meteorological Society's 28th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology from 28 April- 2 May in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Giammanco and Dr. Schroeder will present a poster on GPS Dropwindsonde Observations of Tropical Cyclone Low-Level Wind Maxima. Mr. Hirth and Dr. Schroeder will have a poster presentation on Examination of the Coastal Transition Zone of Hurricane Frances.

Severe Weather Awareness Day - Saturday, March 1, 2008
The Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at Texas Tech along with KCBD Television and the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Lubbock hosted a severe weather awareness event on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the Science Spectrum in Lubbock. The event was held from 11 am - 5 pm and featured SkyWarn spotter training and several speakers including ATMO graduate students Ian Giammanco and Pat Skinner.

Faculty and graduate students attend annual AMS conference - January 2008
Three faculty and seven graduate students attended the 88th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in New Orleans, LA from 19-23 January 2008. Dr. Chris Weiss, Assistant Professor, presented an oral presentation entitled, "StickNet-A New Portable, Rapidly-Deployable, Surface Observation System". Julie Phillipson, graduate student, also presented an oral presentation on "Identifying Differences in Polar and Mid-Latitude Turbulent Bursting Events". Two of our graduate students presented posters at the meeting. One was on "The Initiation and Maintenance of Convection Along Synoptically-Quiescent Drylines" by Kate Horgan and the other entitled, "Does the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model Reproduce the Characteristics of Atmospheric Surface Layers Accurately?" was presented by Rachel Rogers-VanNice. Our students participated in the Student Career Fair on 19 January and were involved in the moderation of group discussions during the Student Conference on the 20th.

Dr. Christopher Weiss named Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review - October 2007
Dr. Christopher Weiss, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, was named an Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review , a leading publication of the American Meteorological Society.

ATMO Welcomes Dr. Kyle Wiens, new Assistant Professor - August 2007
Dr. Kyle Wiens recently accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Atmospheric Science Group, part of the Geosciences Department at Texas Tech. Dr. Wiens comes to Tech from the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he has been a Post-Doctoral Researcher since February 2005. He has a strong background in both physics and atmospheric science and expects to devote much of his research efforts in the areas of thunderstorm electrification, cloud physics and radar.

Joint ATMO and WIND Engineering Proposal Wins Internal TTU Competition (Two Ka-Band Mobile Radars to be Built) - May 2006
This past February, three ATMO faculty (Schroeder, Weiss, and Basu) and two WindE faculty (Letchford and Swift) submitted a proposal for an internal TTU competition to develop an observational array focused on the atmospheric boundary layer.
The major instrumentation included in this initiative are two mobile Ka-band (8.5 mm wavelength) radars. The selection of this frequency was motivated by spatial resolution and sensitivity. When finished, the radars will provide an opportunity to more accurately observe and model the three-dimensional wind flow for a plethora of atmospheric and engineering problems (e.g., tornadogenesis, tornado structure, boundaries, wind turbine inflow, wake turbulence, ambient neutral/stable boundary-layers, etc).

Field Project MOBILE to Collect Data From Supercell Gust Front Boundaries; SONDE to Sample Dryline Variability - May and June 2006
A fleet of four Texas Tech mobile mesonets will conduct the Multiple Observations of Boundaries in Local-Storm Environments (MOBILE) experiment this spring. The main goal is to sample thermal boundaries, specifically the forward-flank gust front, in an attempt to document potential baroclinity and its effects on horizontal vorticity generation. Two prototype instrumented StickNets will also be deployed. Coordination with CSWR's Doppler on Wheels (DOW) ROTATE field project is also planned.
The Simultaneous Observations of the Near Dryline Environment (SONDE) project will also be carried out, and will use an array of observing platforms to document fine-scale dryline variability in the context of deep convection initiation.

Former Atmospheric Science secretary Dee Chaney passes away - March 8th, 2005
After a difficult battle with liver disease, Dee Chaney died at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock on 3/8/05. She is remembered by many current and former Atmospheric Science students and staff for her kindness and caring for everyone in the department. She will be greatly missed.

Faculty and students attend 85th AMS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA - January 2005
A number of Texas Tech Atmospheric Science Group members were present at the national AMS meeting this year with a poster highlighting a variety of current research within the department. Members of the TTU AMS were also in attendance with a poster showcasing achievements and activities.

Jeff Beck wins award for Best Student Oral Presentation at the 22nd Conference on Severe Local Storms
The American Meteorological Society honored Jeff Beck with an award for the best student oral presentation at the 22nd Conference on Severe Local Storms in Hyannis, MA. In his presentation, entitled High-resolution Dual-Doppler Analysis of a Cyclic Supercell, Jeff discussed highly-detailed Doppler radar measurements of a cyclic supercell thunderstorm near Turkey, Texas on 29 May 2001. The work highlighted some of the existing theories on the cyclic nature of these storms, including the likely role of the RFD and its interaction with horizontal vorticity present in the outflow region of the storm. The Atmospheric Science Group proudly congratulates Jeff on his achievement.

Texas Tech teams intercept Hurricane Frances - September 2004
Both the WEMITE and SMART-R teams intercepted Hurricane Frances along the east coast of Florida in early September. The dual-Doppler deployment of both SMART radars was successful, with a baseline of 22 km. Syntheses from this data will provide valuable information concerning hurricane boundary layer evolution. The tower teams also deployed five instrumented towers along the coast and recorded winds of 90+ MPH.

George Mathews to oversee NWS Forecast Office in Morrison, TN
George Mathews has been appointed Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC) of NOAAs National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Morristown, Tenn. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is part of the Department of Commerce.
George earned a bachelors degree in Meteorology at Texas A & M University and received a masters degree in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University.

Justin Weaver Appointed MIC of the Lubbock, TX NWS Forecast Office
Justin Weaver has recently been appointed as the new Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Lubbock WFO office. Justins career began in the Lubbock office in 1990 as an intern. He served in a number of capacities before returning to Lubbock in 2001 as the offices first Information Technology Officer. Justin received a bachelors degree in Meteorology from Central Michigan University and earned his masters degree in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University in 1992.

WEMITE/TTUHIT prepare for Hurricane Season - Fall 2004
As Fall approaches, preparations for the current hurricane season are underway. A total of five WEMITE instrumented towers and two SMART-R radars are scheduled to be available for operations this fall. Depending on the potential intensity of landfalling hurricanes, the operational domain stretches from the Texas to North Carolina coastlines.

22nd Conference on Severe Local Storms - 4-8 October 2004
A group of both former and current Atmospheric Science students and professors are planning to attend and present at the upcoming Severe Storms conference to be held in Hyannis, MA. Research to be presented includes work on supercell dynamics and thermodynamics, bow echoes, thunderstorm outflows, lightning, and dryline studies.

New faculty member: Dr. Chris Weiss - Fall 2004
The Atmospheric Science group would like to welcome Dr. Chris Weiss as the newest faculty member to join the department. Dr. Weiss comes from the University of Oklahoma and will be joining the department in the fall.

26th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology - 3-7 May 2004
A number of Atmospheric Science students including Sylvie Lorsolo, Rob Howard, Becca Paulsen, Gabe Rothman, and Tanveer Islam presented their work at the Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology Conference held in Miami, FL from May 3rd to the 7th. Both oral and poster presentations included research from multiple hurricane intercepts with both the WEMITE towers and the SMART-R radars, research on African dust entrainment into developing tropical waves, and finally a look at the climatology of hurricane landfalls in Bangladesh.

Hurricane Isabel - September 15, 2003
Researchers from Texas Tech's Atmospheric Science and Wind Science and Engineering groups traveled to North Carolina to study Hurricane Isabel. Professor John Schroeder and a group of approximately 10 students and researchers set up instrumented meteorological towers and used a mobile radar to study the storm. After Isabel passed, an additional research team was sent out to document and assess the hurricane's damage. The Atmospheric Science group members remaining in Lubbock helped provide them with updated forecast, storm data and logistical assistance.

Summer in the City - July 2003
Several Texas Tech Atmospheric Science students spent July 2003 in Oklahoma City, OK participating in the JOINT URBAN field study. TTU personnel set up two portable towers that gathered data on wind flow within the city environment and assisted Federal scientists in this urban dispersion experiment.

The Texas Tech Storm Intercept Team successfully intercepts a tornadic supercell in the Texas Panhandle on 15 May 2003.
The TTUSIT intercepted a tornadic supercell north of Dalhart in Dallam County and recorded at least five separate tornadoes as the storm moved over open country.

Hurricane deployment team (SWIRL) deploys for Hurricanes Isidore and Lili
The teams successfully deployed instrumented towers and a mobile Doppler radar to study the structure of both storms as they made landfall along the Gulf Coast.

Image from the SMART-Radar
Jason Jordan provided an image from a thunderstorm outflow sampled on 28 August 2002 near Plainview, TX. Click to enlarge the image.