A SWIRLL of excitement at UAHuntsville as new severe weather lab opens

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - UAHuntsville's campus is growing with a new facility that will greatly enhance the university's ability to research severe weather.

After more than a year of construction, the grand opening of SWIRLL is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Thursday. SWIRLL stands for Severe Weather Institute - Radar and Lightning Laboratories.

The $7 million building on Bradford Drive is a direct result of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. A task force, commissioned by Governor Robert Bentley to help the state better prepare for future outbreaks, found Alabama needed a severe weather lab. The governor's office secured a grant to pay for the project at UAHuntsville.

The facility includes a command center from which researchers can direct their mobile research units during severe weather. There is also room to house the mobile units, a weather balloon launch facility and laboratory space.


Comments are closed.