Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team

TTUHRT is a charter member of the Digital Hurricane Consortium

The Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team was established in 1998 with the mission to mitigate the effects of landfalling hurricanes on life and property through measurement and analysis.

Operating as usual

Hurricane Research Team Tracking Laura as Storm Makes Landfall in Louisiana | Texas Tech Today | TTU 08/30/2020

Another one in the books! 48 StickNet deployments and two radar deployments, all made by a dedicated crew of faculty, staff and students. Hurricane Laura was a big deal. Let’s hope the research crank turns fast and ends with some positive steps forward for society.


Hurricane Research Team Tracking Laura as Storm Makes Landfall in Louisiana | Texas Tech Today | TTU Researchers from Texas Tech University deployed StickNet platforms to measure wind speeds in hopes to better understand and prepare for future storms.

Photos from Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team's post 09/06/2019

Heading home after a long 10-day trip to Florida for Hurricane Dorian. Another safe and successful deployment executed by 12 participants representing the faculty, students and staff at Texas Tech University. It takes a large team to transport and deploy the full array of StickNet platforms and two TTUka radars.

The StickNets provided broad scale coverage of the conditions along the NE coast of Florida from Vero Beach to the state line. The two radars were deployed to provide high resolution dual Doppler coverage of the winds just above a fine scale array of StickNet platforms in support of a new award from NIST studying the engineering-relevant aspects of the low level wind structure.

These trips are tough, grinding missions. They can be brutal to execute, but the devastation in the Bahamas reminds us why we work so hard at this, and this team did a great job. We should be home by tonight!


We are currently monitoring the disturbance Invest 92L as it moves into the northern gulf. There is model support for this to organize into a tropical system, however the future intensity is still very much in question. It does appear that at a minimum, significant rainfall impacts are likely across southern Louisiana and perhaps along the upper-Texas coast.

Photos from Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team's post 06/12/2019

It’s that time of the year. Final preparations and checks are being made for all 48 StickNet platforms. Mass tests (where every platform is deployed in close proximity) are a great way to find inconsistencies in the fleet and ensure quality measurements are obtained. The tropics are quiet at the moment, and let’s hope they stay that way. However, we’ll be ready if something heads towards the coast.


For those wondering, we will not be deploying for . A few days ago the intensity forecast had too many caveats and questions as to if it would meet our NE Gulf Coast deployment criteria. Once this became more clear yesterday, we felt with the forward speed of Michael we could not deploy safely under a compressed timeline. For us, safety always trumps science. Unfortunately these are the factors we must consider given the significant driving time between Lubbock and the Gulf Coast. Other factors also include personnel time and funding support for the program. Good luck, collect great data, and stay safe to the other research teams deploying!


The remaining instruments from the deployment have been recovered. The team is headed home to Lubbock.


A look at Florence as it was making landfall and crawling through our network. We are hoping to begin retrieving the remaining probes that are still deployed early next week.


From our program director and founder: As I sit hear and listen to the wind moving around our hotel, and we prepare to start the pick up of the Hurricane Florence StickNet array tomorrow morning, I can’t help but think back to the two decades of work on the ground in hurricanes. What started with one WEMITE platform placed in Hurricane Bonnie in Wilmington,NC in 1998 has grown to 48 StickNet stations and returned to the same exact region for Hurricane Florence. The project has grown, technology has changed, and the effort has developed a lot of great scientists too. It takes special people with a deep passion to do this work, because it is downright exhausting. But a lot of good has come from those decades of measurements and research, and that’s due to a lot of great people. Here’s to a safe pickup and safe trip back to Texas!


Probe 102 entering the eye of


about to make landfall near Wilmington, NC. It should be well captured by our observing network.


Our 4 teams needed only a day in a half to deploy this observing network in advance of . Great job.


Radar image of at 2:43 pm ET, all teams have completed their deployments. We have a coastal array from Morehead City, NC south to Myrtle Beach. We have two inland probe clusters, 1 to capture inland wind data for dual Doppler radar analyses with the University of Oklahoma, and an inland decay along and just right of the potential inland track of .


Florence deployment

Photos from Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team's post 09/13/2018

Two teams working today to add some probes into a dual doppler collaborative experiment with University of Oklahoma and to capture inland decay.

Photos from Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team's post 09/12/2018

Deployments underway in advance of


Hurricane will mark the first time the expanded StickNet fleet will be deployed. 48 instruments spanning the entire landfall region.


Florence followed the forecast script today with a period of rapid intensification. It is now an intense hurricane. Overall not too many changes to the forecast. The TTUHRT team continues to position for landfall operations.


The TTUHRT team left Lubbock to begin positioning for a potential landfall mission for Hurricane . This morning's visible satellite imagery shows an intensifying system, while it is still too difficult to pin down the exact track it does appear that will bring significant impacts to the US east coast.


GOES 16 visible imagery of this morning. We continue to closely monitor the progress of this system and the potential for a landfall mission.


Busy evening in the tropical Atlantic... We are currently monitoring the progress of TS Florence, located about 900 east-southeast of Bermuda. While the details regarding Florence's track and intensity are still unclear, we are completing instrument preparations in the event it threatens the east coast of the United States.


Radar view of this afternoon moving just south of Marco Island, FL.


We continue to monitor the progress of now TS , currently passing over the everglades. It is unclear if Gordon will meet our criteria for a Northern Gulf Coast deployment.


We are currently monitoring an area of disturbed weather near the southern Bahamas associated with a tropical wave. While conditions are only marginally supportive for additional organization, they will become more conducive once the system reaches the eastern Gulf of Mexico early this week.


Chris became our second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season (shown in this GOES-16 visible satellite loop courtesy of the College of DuPage) this afternoon. Fortunately for the US it is headed north-eastward away from the east coast. However, Chris could impact the Canadian maritime provinces later this week.


The tropics came to life this week with Hurricane Beryl developing east of the Lesser Antilles and now TD 3 between the NC coast and Bermuda. At this time, neither system looks to be a serious threat to the U.S.

Photos from Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team's post 05/31/2018

Today, we performed a mass test of all 48 StickNet platforms. We do this test every year to ensure everything is in order before the start of the season. However, this year it has new meaning, since this is the first time our expanded fleet of 48 has ever been deployed. It's quite impressive when they are all deployed in one location! Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to bring these stations to life so quickly.

Photos from Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team's post 03/30/2018

The StickNet expansion is under way!

The current fleet of 24 StickNet platforms is about to double in size! Starting June 2018, we anticipate being able to deploy up to 48 stations for each storm to provide even more comprehensive information about the wind field. But between now and then, there is a lot of work to do. After all, the Atlantic Hurricane Season is just over two months away!

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