Ian Giammanco (left) and Frank Lombardo, members of Texas Tech's VORTEX 2 team, deploy a StickNet probe in the path of a tornado in Goshen County, Wyo. Designed and built by Texas Tech students, the StickNet probes are portable weather stations that measure temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction, and precipitation. VORTEX2 is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NOAA to study tornadoes.
Giammanco and Lombardo were supported by an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) award (DGE 0221688), which also supported a portion of the design and construction costs for the StickNet platforms, as well as some of the travel and operations expenses. The date of the photo is August 2009.