Texas Tech University

Weather Exhibition Media

photo of brian ancellDr. Ancell is an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, Atmospheric Science Group. The exhibition is the result of an Early CAREER grant Dr. Ancell received from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER Award is highly competitive and is the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty members who, according to the NSF website, "exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of the organization."

His research addresses the predictability of high-impact weather events, such as heavy rainfall from land-falling tropical cyclones, freezing and frozen precipitation events, and wind power in the South Plains of the United States.

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weather exhibit - globe with laser and thermometer to show earth's temperature

The exhibition starts with a look at how the uneven tilt of the Earth caused uneven heating by the sun. Visitors will see surface temperature readings from pole to pole as the Earth moves around the sun. Click for high-resolution image.

weather exhibit - wind turbine field model

The exhibition ends with a look into how chaos affects weather. Chaos is the altering of any number of the components that create a weather pattern. The last station allows visitors to move a wind turbine in and out of the path of the wind and see how it affects the wind pattern directly behind. Click for high-resolution image.