- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville is opening a new severe weather center.

The grand opening of the Severe Weather Institute - Radar and Lightning Laboratories, or SWIRLL, is set for Thursday afternoon.

WHNT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1oDRwZs) that the $7 million building is a direct result of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak that devastated several Alabama communities.

A task force commissioned by Gov. Robert Bentley to help the state better prepare for future outbreaks identified a severe weather lab as a need for the state.

The facility includes a command center where 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.

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Information from: WHNT-TV, https://whnt.com/

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