May 31, 2016
Wednesday (June 1) begins the official six-month hurricane season, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects to be nearly normal with 10 to 16 named storms, according to its forecast released Friday (May 27).
Texas Tech University leads the nation in wind research. Texas Tech has a number of researchers with extensive experience researching hurricanes such as Rita, Katrina and Ike and can speak as experts about various aspects of these devastating storms.
John Schroeder, professor of atmospheric sciences, is the principal investigator for the Texas Tech
Hurricanes at Landfall (TTUHAL) Project and founder of the Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team. He visited affected areas after both hurricanes Rita and Katrina to deploy instrumented
towers that gather high-resolution storm data at a time when most conventional observation
systems fail. Schroeder can offer insight into how hurricanes develop, move and react
to various meteorological elements. He is an expert on hurricane winds and has been
actively intercepting hurricanes since 1998.
Schroeder can be reached at (806) 834-5678 or email@example.com. Available this afternoon only.
Ernst Kiesling, research professor at Texas Tech’s National Wind Institute (NWI) and executive director of the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA), recommends that homeowners who live above the flood plain in hurricane-prone
areas buy a storm shelter for their home. As was seen in Houston preceding Hurricane
Rita, evacuations are stressful and expensive. They often put immense strain on traffic
corridors, leading to traffic jams and – in the case of Houston – fatalities. By using
in-home shelters, some families who are not required to evacuate can remain where
they are and ease the traffic flow. However, Kiesling urges buyers to look for a seal
of the NSSA when they buy a safe room for their home, because not all shelters are
verified to be fully compliant with current standards for storm shelters and to provide
full protection from extreme winds. Kiesling has more than 35 years of experience
in the design, standards-writing and quality control of storm shelters.
Kiesling can be reached at (806) 834-1931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry Tanner, research associate in civil engineering, completed a six-month investigation working
with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation assessment team on
the wind damage to residential structures from Hurricane Ike in Texas and Louisiana.
He also was a member of the FEMA mitigation assessment team that studied Hurricane
Katrina. He led a team that recorded wind and water damage along the coastline in
Louisiana and Mississippi. Much of the damage done by Katrina, he said, resulted from
structures being built below the base flood elevation, or the elevation that flood
waters will rise to during a 100-year storm event (meaning the storm only has a 1
percent chance of happening in a year).
Tanner can be reached at (806) 834-2320 or email@example.com.
Bradley Ewing, professor of operations management in the Rawls College of Business, has studied the economic impact of hurricanes and tornadoes. He can speak to the
impact of hurricanes and tornadoes in cities like Oklahoma City; Corpus Christi; Wilmington,
North Carolina; Miami, Florida; and Nashville, Tennessee.
Ewing can be reached at (806) 834-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Wind Institute (NWI) is world-renowned for conducting innovative research in the areas of wind energy, wind hazard mitigation, wind-induced damage, severe storms and wind-related economics.
NWI is also home to world-class researchers with expertise in numerous academic fields such as atmospheric science, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, mathematics and economics, and NWI was the first in the nation to offer a doctorate in Wind Science and Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy.