Join Us July 15th, 2013 @ 3pm for Ground Breaking on SWIRL

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville has broken ground on a new $7 million facility to enhance the study of its education and research capabilities in severe weather and atmospheric science. This faciltiy is slated to be completed by the fall of 2014.

With Alabama suffering from frequent outbreaks of severe weather from North Alabama to the coast, research into this discipline is crucial to our state and the nation, and UAH research can help mitigate the impact of these storms through improved detection and forecasting. The university's atmospheric science program is ranked among the top 10 in the nation, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.



This website is designed to give you more insight into the systems that are apart of the severe weather group here at UAHuntsville. Currently we operate four main platforms; the MIPS, MAX, ARMOR, and the NOWCASTR. Each platform is covered in greater detail throughout this site, as well as access to real time data from the MIPS, ARMOR, and NOWCASTR.

Each platform we operate takes part in different research projects throughout the year including hurricane landfalls, winter weather research, severe thunderstorms, and boundary layer studies. Many of this studies are performed in our own backyard as part of the ABIDE project.

The MIPS & MAX systems and personnel participate in many different types of research projects when they are not researching and publishing journal articles pertaining to measurements obtained by the MIPS & MAX. Some of the areas of research include:

Landfalling Hurricanes -- Boundary Layer Structures -- Convective Initiation
Winter Weather -- Wind Studies -- Severe Weather
Bow Echoes -- Aerosols

Services 1

To learn more about the Mobile Alabama X-band dual polarimetric Doppler Radar (MAX) click the link below. MAX is a Dual-Pol X-Band Radar with a transmit frequency of 9450 MHz (H+V, H), and has a peak power of 200 kW.

Services 2

To learn more about the Mobile Integrated Profiling System (MIPS), click on the link below. .


Services 3

Real time data from the MIPS is now available online! Real time data includes images from the 915 MHz Wind Profiler, Ceilometer, Microwave Profiling Radiometer, Sodar, and Suominet.


Current Conditions at the NOWCASTR Site on the Campus of UAH in Huntsville, AL