Since 1998, Texas Tech University (TTU) has deployed instrumented towers in the paths of twenty landfalling hurricanes and tropical storms as part of the Wind Engineering Mobile Instrumented Tower Experiment (WEMITE). The goal of the project is to collect high-resolution meteorological data from hurricanes as they make landfall. The 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season provided TTU with three opportunities for deployments: Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances, and Hurricane Ivan. Each of the four 10 m towers collected high-resolution wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure, relative humidity, and temperature data. In Hurricane Frances, two Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching Radars (SMART-Radars) were deployed to compliment the instrumented towers. The highest 1-minute sustained wind observed by TTU in Hurricane Frances was 34.45 m s-1 at Fort Pierce, Florida. In Hurricane Ivan, the highest 1-minute wind speed, 36.23 m s-1, was observed at Gulf Shores, Alabama.
|State||Published - 2005|
|Event||10th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, ACWE 2005 - Baton Rouge, LA, United States|
Duration: May 31 2005 → Jun 4 2005
|Conference||10th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, ACWE 2005|
|City||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Period||05/31/05 → 06/4/05|
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