West Texas Mesonet Team Receives Award from Weather Organization

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

The West Texas Mesonet team will receive the the 2008 Larry R. Johnson Special Award from the National Weather Association to be presented during a luncheon at the NWA 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 is presented to an individual or a group to recognize unique events or extraordinary accomplishments which significantly contribute to operational meteorology.  Burgett will attend the conference and accept the award.   Also, 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 eventwhen the 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.