A summary of the wind engineering mobile instrumented tower experiment during the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season

Becca P. Edwards, John L. Schroeder

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2005
Event10th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, ACWE 2005 - Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Duration: May 31 2005Jun 4 2005

Conference

Conference10th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, ACWE 2005
CountryUnited States
CityBaton Rouge, LA
Period05/31/0506/4/05

Keywords

  • Boundary layer
  • Hurricane
  • Wemite
  • Winds

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    Edwards, B. P., & Schroeder, J. L. (2005). A summary of the wind engineering mobile instrumented tower experiment during the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Paper presented at 10th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, ACWE 2005, Baton Rouge, LA, United States.