October 31, 2008

On Thursday, September 11, 2008, the LSU Scientific Towers Observing Regional Meteorology (STORM) Program deployed their 10 meter-tall STORM 1 tower to Houston in preparation for Hurricane Ike. Dane Dartez, Jason Fennel, and team leader Kirby Hebert navigated the mission, cooperating with colleagues from the Florida Coastal Monitoring Program (FCMP) and the University of Florida. Also involved were the Texas Tech University field team and the Institute for Business and Home Safety, which partially sponsored the excursion.

Friday afternoon, the LSU team set up the STORM 1 tower at the Houston Hobby Airport, in addition to helping the Florida team. FCMP and LSU worked together to survey the damage in that area after the storm and correlate specific information to the wind data recorded by the towers.

Currently, nine Mechanical Engineering seniors have been chosen to design and build STORM 2, a taller tower that will support more instruments, possess easier assembly, and include real-time communications. Josh Williams, Eric Frederickson, Santhana Balaji, Jack Giles, Valerie Vogler, Allison Belanger, Peyton Marye, Ryan Broughton, and Jonathan McNabb will work together to finish the new and improved STORM 2 by May 2009.

Article by Colette Burke for the LSU College of Engineering. 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu

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