December 21, 2010
Pilots trained to fly at the former Reese Air Force Base here may remember the "interesting crosswinds" in the area. The military pilots are gone, but the blustery winds are placing this northwest Texas city on the renewable energy map.
These winds, as well as other hallmarks of the area, such as cotton and tornados, are key research subjects at Reese Technology Center, where cutting-edge science flourishes.
Reese has a few things you don't find most places, such as the world's largest tornado simulator, part of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center operated by researchers at Texas Tech University. It is used to test "safe rooms" and other products marketed to protect consumers during hurricanes and tornados.