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Lecture Series -- Lighting Research at Langmuir Laboratory, New Mexico
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Albuquerque, NM
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Dr. Winn will discuss the history of thunderstorm and lightning research at Langmuir Laboratory, and will focus on natural and triggered lightning and the techniques used to study their behavior. If you have had questions about lightning, this is the lecture to attend.

Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, operated by New Mexico Tech, is a leading thunderstorm research facility in the U.S. and is recognized worldwide for the scientific work carried out there. The Laboratory is used extensively by scientists at the Institute, and by visiting investigators. The Laboratory was established to provide a base for the study of cloud processes that produce lightning, hail, and rain. These processes are not well understood and are difficult to study because they operate in large clouds that cannot be simulated in a laboratory. The Magdalena Mountains were chosen for the location of the Laboratory because thunderstorms are frequently initiated by the mountains and the storms are often isolated, stationary, and relatively small.

William Winn is Chairman of Langmuir Lab at New Mexico Tech.  Dr. Winn introduced instrumented rockets in 1969 for measurements of electric fields in thunderclouds.  He also developed new, balloon-borne electric field meters.  As a result, balloons are now often used in studies of the
electrical aspects of thunderclouds and lightning.  His primary research interests are in atmospheric physics, electrical discharges in gases,and instrumentation.  He has published many significant research papers on storms and lighting and holds a patent on an electrical field sensing and transmitting apparatus.  He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science reserves the right to cancel any event that does not reach a minimum of 6 participants.
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New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (View)
1801 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Owner: New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
On BPT Since: Nov 09, 2009
August Wainwright
505 841-2861

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