HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday afternoon for the Severe Weather Institute and Radar and Lightning Laboratory or SWIRLL. The Tennessee Valley is no stranger to severe weather and this new research facility could help improve forecasting and warnings. State, local and UAH officials and students were among the attendees of the historic event.
The $7 million dollar grant to construct the building was funded by the state of Alabama, made possible through the efforts of Governor Robert Bentley. The facility is one of only a few of its kind and will be located on the UAH campus behind Bud Cramer Hall and the NSSTC.
UAH is well known for its severe weather and radar research. SWIRLL will be an expansion of this cutting edge research, that will likely be a game changer not only for the Tennessee Valley, but around the world.