Texas Tech Wind Researchers Get Ready for Severe Weather

Published 04/22 2014 06:16PM

Updated 04/22 2014 10:41PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- TTU Wind Research Team spent some time on Tuesday getting their equipment ready for deployment on Wednesday for severe weather.

Texas tech has 12 stick-nets that are deployed in severe weather situations, like there's a chance for on Wednesday in the region. They stand about seven feet tall, and while they collect a lot of data, the team is really interested in the wind speed and direction.

The stick-nets are student designed and built. On Tuesday - Ph.D. student Scott Gunter spent some time with the equipment testing it and getting them ready for deployment Wednesday.

Gunter said they collect information on temperature, relative humidity and more, though he's interested in the wind information they collect. With that information, he's hoping to use the data to help builders find ways to lessen damage from winds.

"What we're trying to do is understand what the wind is like in these extreme situations, that way when people are building buildings and houses, they can account for that wind and hopefully reduce things like the roof coming off of a house, or garage doors getting blown in, that sort of thing,' He said.

Gunter also said when it comes to setting up the stick-nets, it can take two people about a minute to get one up and standing in a storm. They will likely have about 10 people out collecting data on Wednesday in any storms that hit the area.

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