NASA launches hurricane study


  • Randy Showstack


With hurricane season brewing in the Atlantic Ocean, two specially equipped NASA aircraft are taking to the skies to collect high-altitude information about Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms. The Convection and Moisture Experiment (CAMEX) mission, scheduled for August and September, hopes to yield high-resolution spatial and temperature information on hurricane structure, dynamics, and motion that will help to better understand and improve groundbased predictions of hurricanes.

Results from the mission may increase warning time—saving lives and property— and decrease the size of evacuation areas— saving money—while giving scientists a better understanding of these dramatic weather phenomena. In addition, the results will help to validate existing measurements from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission of hurricanes and tropical storms and to develop algorithms for future Earth science missions.