A joint project between The Wind Engineering Group and the Meteorology Department, both from Texas Tech University and under the direction of Dr. Tim Doggett, deployed the SMART-Radar system and several instrumented portable tower systems for a project to study damaging winds associated with hurricane Lili. The SMART-Radar was manned by Mr. Mark Conder, doctoral student - Texas Tech University, and Mr. Jerry Guynes, chief engineer SMART-Radar coalition -Texas A&M University.

Radar Loops

Landfall (Reflectivity | Velocity) 1.6 deg elevation

On Land (Reflectivity | Velocity) 1.6 deg elevation

On Land Surveillance Scan 1.8 deg elevation

The landfall loops are 180 degree sector scans. All other loops are 360 degree scans. Note that the transmitter automatically stops radiating as the antenna scans through the truck cab area, thus the wedge shaped area of noise eminating from the center of the display northward.

Pictures From the Cab

Looking South mid-morning during the storm

Abandoned fuel truck left on the runway, north of radar

70ft tall pine trees to the NW of the truck, behind the terminal (about 1 mi. away)

Gangway at terminal

The Exxon 'windsock', Later that morning this sign was totally destroyed

Coast Guard helicopter, landed after the major winds subsided

Video of the Radar Display

This is video of the radar display taken during data collection. The sound in the background is the rain you see on the display pounding the truck. The rocking motion of the camera was due to the heavy winds buffeting the cab. (Note the position of the SMART Radar on the radar loop.)

 

Safety First!

The SMART-Radar was deployed on a helipad at the Lafayette Regional Airport, Lafayette, LA for data collection during landfall of hurricane Lili. Although the storm had weakened to a category 2 intensity at landfall, the airport provided the highest ground in the county . We also had very close access to IH-10 for an east-west escape and several state highways for a northward escape route if necessary. Airport security and emergency management personnel were also manning the shelter facility in the main terminal, 200 yards north of the radar truck throughout the storm.

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