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West Texas Mesonet Team Receives Award from National Weather Association

Texas Tech’s research team sets milestone records with data-gathering equipment.

Written by Leslie Cranford

The West Texas Mesonet provides accurate, real-time meteorological data for regional distribution for meteorology, agriculture, farming, research and media.

The West Texas Mesonet team received the the 2008 Larry R. Johnson Special Award from the National Weather Association presented during a luncheon at the National Weather Association Conference in Louisville on Oct. 15.

Wes Burgett, operations manager, along with West Texas Mesonet team members Brian Hirth and Ross Williamson, and faculty director John Schroeder, comprise the team. The award was presented to an individual or a group to recognize unique events or extraordinary accomplishments which significantly contribute to operational meteorology. Burgett attended the conference and accepted the award.

The West Texas Mesonet continues to expand and set milestone records. Station number 54 was recently added in San Angelo in partnership with Angelo State University.

The importance of the network to people of the region was demonstrated during the recent flood event when the West Texas Mesonet Web site received more than 250,000 hits from more than 5,000 unique visitors.

The two-day total number of hits for September 11-12, the entire heavy rain event, was 251,762 hits and 5,362 unique visitors.

On Sept. 12 the site received 156,946 hits – a single day record, from 3,347 unique visitors.

The West Texas Mesonet is an independent project collaborating with the Atmospheric Science Group and the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech.

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