Texas Tech University's hurricanes at landfall project - 2008

Ian M. Giammanco, Tanya M. Brown, John L. Schroeder

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The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season provided the first opportunity for the Texas Tech University Hurricane Research Team (TTUHRT) to deploy a newly developed surface observing system referred to as "StickNet" [1]. TTUHRT currently maintains 24 StickNet probes which collect high resolution wind data at 2.25 m height in addition to the standard meteorological variables. Three deployments were made during the 2008 season: Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, and Ike. These deployments illustrated the versatility and ruggedness of the StickNet platforms in tropical cyclone conditions. StickNet probes also provided measurements from the immediate shoreline for both Hurricane Dolly and Hurricane Ike, and provided some of the only continuous records from the hurricane landfall regions. The peak wind speed recorded by a StickNet probe was 51.4 ms-1 (115 mph) measured during Hurricane Ike. Data collected during the 2008 season has also shed light onto surface roughness changes associated with shallow inundation due to both storm surge and freshwater flooding.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2009
Event11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: Jun 22 2009Jun 26 2009


Conference11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan


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