New tornado experiment in Walker County

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Walker County was selected to participate in a new tornado research experiment.

This technology will help anticipate any tornadic activity up to 30 miles away.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partnered with the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Physical Acoustics to help implement new instruments around northern Georgia and Northeast Alabama areas.

Joe Legge, who is the Walker County Spokesperson says, “I don’t think anyone would forget the devastation and destruction from the April 2011 tornados. Since that time we’ve been able to understand the mountains and our environment don’t protect us here in their Tennessee Valley.”

Researchers have set up a station at the Mountain Cove airstrip in Walker County.



The study will last about two months.

The University of Mississippi research team will be putting rays of microphones just like this one over my shoulder and placing them up this hill.

Low level frequencies will be used to collect data to track, detect and help anticipate tornadic activities.

Currently, the method used are ‘Lookers’, which depend on human eyesight and sound.

Ten microphone arrays or about 70 microphones, will be scattered 30 miles apart.

If successful, researchers hope to implement the new system permanently.