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July 30, 2012
Ian Giammanco (left) and Frank Lombardo, members of Texas Tech's VORTEX 2 team, deploy a StickNet probe in the path of a tornado in Goshen County, Wyo. Designed and built by Texas Tech students, the StickNet probes are portable weather stations that measure temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction, and precipitation. VORTEX2 is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NOAA to study tornados. Giammanco and Lombardo were supported by an NSF IGERT award (DGE 02-21688), which also supported a portion of the design and construction costs for the StickNet platforms, as well as some of the travel and operations expenses. An NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program (AGS 01-34188, awarded to John Schroeder) award supported some of the design and construction expenses, as well as travel and instrument operation costs. Texas Tech's participation in VORTEX 2 was supported by NSF grant AGS 08-00542 (awarded to Chris Weiss). (Date of Image: August 2009) Credit: Sarah Dillingham, Texas Tech University