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TEXAS TECH ATMO AT THE AMS CAREER FAIR - January 2024

We had a great time meeting a number of prospective students at the AMS Career Fair in Baltimore!

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DR. PAL RECEIVES GRANT - December 2023

Dr. Pal received NSF/NCAR CORE Award [The Collaborative Opportunities for Research Engagement (CORE - 2023-24)] for the project entitled "EXploring Land-Atmosphere Interaction over Dryland during Morning and Evening Transitions (XLAID-MET)".  Congratulations Sandip!

TRAVEL AWARD - December 2023

Graduate Student Diya Das has received a Travel Grant Award to attend the Chapman Conference on Remote Sensing of the Water Cycle: Sensors to Science to Society to be held from 13-16 February 2024 in Honolulu, HI. 

AMS TRAVEL AWARDS - December 2023

Dr. Pal received an AMS Faculty Travel Grant and graduate student Molly Sorensen was awarded a 2024 AMS Student Travel Award to attend the 104th AMS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

DR. WEISS RECEIVES GRANT TO STUDY TORNADO STRUCTURE - November 2023

Dr. Weiss received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the Low-level Internal Flow of Tornadoes (LIFT) Experiment, a project aimed at improving our understanding of the genesis and maintenance of tornadoes and their wind flow characteristics.  The project is a collaboration with with National Severe Storms Laboratory.

SUMMER 2023 GRADUATES - August 2023

Congratulations to our Summer 2023 graduates!  Pictured below (left to right): Stephanie Voelker, Blake Checkoway, Jacob Nadolsky, Natalie Trout, Joshua Ostaszewski

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TTU ATMO STUDENT APPOINTED TO AMS COMMITTEE - May 2023

Atmospheric Science graduate student Ms. Hassanpreet Dhaliwal has recently been nominated as a Student Member on the AMS Committee for Measurements.  She will serve on the committee for a 3-year period.  Congratulations Hassan!

TEXAS TECH FACULTY AND STUDENTS AT AMS - January 2023

Dr. Weiss, Dr. Ancell and graduate students enjoyed their trip to Denver to meet with prospective student at the AMS Career Fair!

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TTU ATMO STUDENT APPOINTED TO AMS BOARD - January 2023

Atmospheric Science Ph.D. student Matthew Hamel has been appointed to the AMS Board of Student Affairs and will be a co-chair for the 2024 AMS Student Conference.  Congratulations Matthew! 

DR. PAL RECEIVES NASA GRANT - September 2022

Dr. Pal as lead Principal Investigator received a NASA grant within the 2022 NASA-ROSES Program. He will be working with Co-PIs Drs. Ardon-Dryer, Bruning, Hirth, Schroeder, and Weiss. 

DR. WEISS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TORUS PROJECT - May 2022

Dr. Weiss will head to the field with two Texas Tech Ka-band radars for the second year of the Targeted Observation by Radars and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TORUS) project.  From mid-May to mid-June, the team will make measurements of supercell boundaries to better understand their character and influence on tornado development.

DR. PAL RECEIVES NASA GRANT - April 2022

ATMO Graduate Students Michael Anand and Austin Coleman won Best Poster and Best Oral Presentation Awards, respectively, at the Texas Weather Conference.  Congratulations!

TEXAS TECH ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PERILS PROJECT - March 2022

Dr. Chris Weiss and five graduate students departed to Memphis for the start of the Propagation and Evolution of Rotation in Linear Systems (PERiLS) Experiment.  Over March and April, they will sample severe thunderstorms in the Southeastern United States with an array of 24 StickNet probes.

ATMO STUDENT NOMINATED TO AMS COMMITTEE - March 2022

Graduate Student Nicholas Clark was nominated to the AMS Committee for Measurements. Nick will serve in the committee for a 3-year period. His term begins in Apr 2022. He also earned the Third Place Award in TTU 3-Minute Thesis Competition, organized by TTU Graduate School.

TEXAS TECH ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE JOINS NOAA COOPERATIVE INSTITUTE - September 2021

Texas Tech has joined the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations.  The partnership is led by the University of Oklahoma and includes The Pennsylvania State University, Howard University and SUNY-Albany.  Over the next 5-10 years, we are excited to embark on collaborative research to further NOAA objectives, improving our understanding of severe and high-impact weather, and producing better forecasts and warnings that save life and property.

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DR. HENDERSON RECEIVES NOAA GRANT AND STIPEND - June 2021

Dr. Jen Henderson recently received a grant from the 2021 NOAA-WPO-SBES ($422,603) to continue research with her co-PI Erik Nielsen (TAMU) on public vulnerability to overlapping weather hazards during landfalling tropical cyclones. She also received a stipend from the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to publish previously collected Twitter data from a NOAA Vortex Southeast grant on overlapping hazards during Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Florence. Congratulations! 

DR. PAL RECEIVES TWO GRANTS - May 2021

Dr. Sandip Pal recently received two grants: One within the 2021-NOAA-OAR program ($335,981) and another within the 2021-NASA-SBIR Phase I program ($17,096). Pal will be also working for the development of a Phase II project within the NASA SBIR/STTR program in 2021.  Congrats Dr. Pal!

DR. WEISS RECEIVES TWO NOAA GRANTS - Nov. 2020

Dr. Chris Weiss has received two grants related to the Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment - Southeast (VORTEX-SE) project, one for analysis of existing data and another for data collection in the upcoming Propagation, Evolution and Rotation in Linear Storms (PERiLS) project (delayed to Spring 2022).  

https://today.ttu.edu/posts/2020/11/Stories/Weiss-NOAA-grants

DR. SANDIP PAL NOMINATED TO AMS COMMITTEE - Nov. 2020

Dr. Sandip Pal was recently nominated for membership on the AMS Committee for Measurements.

DR. JENNIFER HENDERSON ELECTED TO AMS BOARD - Nov. 2020

Dr. Jennifer Henderson was recently elected to be the Chair of the Board on Societal Impacts for the American Meteorological Society.  She will be overseeing two symposia at the AMS Annual Meeting (Societal Applications and Weather Ready Nation) and will also run the specialty Weather Warnings and Communication Conference.  Congratulations!

DR. PAL NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR - Aug. 2020

Dr. Sandip Pal has been named an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Remote Sensing (Board of Lidar Sensing).

https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/remote-sensing/sections/lidar-sensing#editorial-board

DR. HENDERSON NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR - Nov. 2020

Dr. Jennifer Henderson was recently named an Associate Editor for the American Meteorological Society journal Weather, Climate and Society.

TEXAS TECH AT THE AMS CAREER FAIR - Jan. 2020

Texas Tech Atmospheric Science faculty and students participated in the annual American Meteorological Society career fair. We enjoyed meeting a number of prospective students!

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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)!