U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded $749,999 to the Tornado and Hurricane Observations and Research (THOR) Center in Huntsville. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding.
“Research at the THOR Center is focused on increasing public warning times by enhancing our ability to detect and predict the nature of these events,” said Shelby. “As we have seen in recent years, the southeastern United States is particularly prone to severe weather in the form of tornadoes and hurricanes that can be deadly and destroy property and communities. It is my hope that research conducted at the THOR Center can help Alabamians better prepare for Mother Nature's worst."
The Center builds, tests and operates stationary and mobile facilities to demonstrate new and better methods to detect and monitor hazardous weather. THOR is a cooperative effort between the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of South Alabama, the NOAA Severe Storm Laboratory and the NOAA Hurricane Research Division.