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Students Venture Into the Hearts of Violent Storms

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Photo of a transmission tower that failed.

A transmission tower failed near a Stick-Net deployment site in Grosse Tete, La., during Hurricane Gustav, despite a peak gust wind speed of only 67.8 miles per hour.

Credit: Tanya Brown, Texas Tech University


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Genesis and evolution of a rain-wrapped tornado observed west of La Grange, Wyoming. Tornado initially touched-down 11 km west of the camera, but ultimately advanced within 2 km that location. Damage surveys indicate a path length of 12 km and peak intensity rating of EF2. This storm was the subject of coordinated observations by multiple teams in conjunction with the NSF-supported VORTEX2 project on the afternoon of 5 June 2009.

Credit: Rachel Ducharme, a student at Lyndon State College (LSC) and member of the LSC-NCAR (National Center of Atmospheric Research) photogrammetry team

 

Photo of two students holding hailstones.

Students collect hailstones near a Stick-Net probe after a thunderstorm has passed.

Credit: BCM, Texas Tech University


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Photo of water covering part of a highway.

The surge water from the Gulf of Mexico rushed over the highway more than 15 hours before Hurricane Ike made landfall. This bridge was as far as researchers could go. High Island, Texas, is located on the left side of the photo.

Credit: Tanya Brown, Texas Tech University


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Photo of multiple Stick-Nets in a field.

An army of Stick-Nets are set up for mass testing before the beginning of hurricane season to ensure they are all functioning properly.

Credit: Ian Giammanco, Texas Tech University


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