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GEOSTATIONARY LIGHTNING MAPPER IMAGERY DEVELOPED BY DR. BRUNING   - Dec. 2019

The TTU lightning research group has developed a data processing method for NOAA's new space-based optical lightning sensor that quantifies and helps visualize the mesoscale meteorological processes that control where lightning takes place and how far it extends in the cloud.   It has been adopted by the US National Weather Service as the primary GLM product for display in operations. Ongoing funding from NASA and NOAA continues to support this effort.

ATMO STUDENT WINS BEST PRESENTATION AWARD - Nov. 2019

Jannick Fischer, a Ph.D. student in the Atmospheric Science Group, won the award for best oral presentation ("Outflow Surges in Simulated Supercell-Like Storms and their Influence on Tornado Development") at the European Severe Storms Conference in Krakow, Poland.  Congratulations Jannick! 

ATMO FACULTY PRESENT AT THE EUROPEAN SEVERE STORMS CONFERENCE - Nov. 2019

Drs. Christopher Weiss, Johannes Dahl and Brian Ancell presented ongoing research at the 10th European Conference on Severe Storms in Krakow, Poland.

DRS. SCHROEDER, ANCELL AND HIRTH LAND A NEW PROJECT FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY - Aug. 2019

The project will help reduce loss of life and property due to windstorms and is focused on improving our understanding of these devastating events. The project will use new techniques to revolutionize our knowledge of the low-level wind structure in hurricanes and thunderstorms with the intent to inform building codes and standards, and provide inputs and validation for engineering-based numerical, experimental and empirical modeling efforts to mitigate future loss.

ATMO FACULTY PRESENT AT THE 18TH AMS CONFERENCE ON MESOSCALE PROCESSES - Aug. 2019

Dr. Sandip Pal presented ongoing research at the 18th AMS Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Title: Advected Airmass Reservoirs in the Downwind of Mountains and their Roles in Overrunning Boundary Layer Depths over the Plains

NASA SPONSORED ACT-AMERICA FIELD CAMPAIGN- July 2019

Dr. Sandip Pal participated in the ACT-America campaign as the Mission Scientist aboard a NASA C130 measuring atmospheric state variables and greenhouse gases inside and above the atmospheric boundary layer.  The purpose of the study is to learn more about frontal modifications of boundary layer dynamics and greenhouse gases.

THE TARGETED OBSERVATIONS BY RADAR AND UAS OF SUPERCELLS PROJECT - May 2019

Dr. Christopher Weiss and seven students from the Texas Tech University Department of Geosciences and National Wind Institute participated in the first field phase of the Targeted Observations by Radar and Unmanned Aircraft Systems of Supercells (TORUS) Project.  Coordinated data were collected on nearly 20 individual storms in an effort to better understand the characteristics of storm-generated boundaries.

DR. JOHN SCHROEDER NAMED SENIOR DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS TECH NATIONAL WIND INSTITUTE - Jan. 2019

ATMO FACULTY MEMBER WINS AGU AWARD - Nov. 2018

Dr. Eric Bruning has been awarded the 2018 Atmospheric and Space Electricity Early Career Award from the American Geophysical Union for his work linking lightning to other thunderstorm processes. The AGU award announcement has more details.

TEXAS TECH GRADUATE STUDENT WINS AWARD FOR PRESENTATION AT 29th AMS SLS CONFERENCE  - Oct. 2018

Drs. Chris Weiss, Johannes Dahl, Brian Ancell, and five graduate students (Austin Coleman, Aaron Hill, Abby Hutson, Jessica McDonald, Alex Schueth) recently participated in the 29th AMS Severe Local Storms Conference in Stowe, VT. 

Congratulations to Alex Schueth, who won an award for Best Oral Presentation for his talk, titled "Comparing Observations and Simulations of the Streamwise Vorticity Current in a Tornadic Supercell Storm"!

Schueth Presentation

 ATMO FACULTY MEMBER NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR - Oct. 2018

Congratulations to Sandip Pal, who was recently named an Associate Editor for Atmospheric Science Letters (Royal Meteorological Society)!