Better hurricane forecasts

Authors

  • Elaine Friebele


Abstract

People living in coastal areas can rely on better hurricane predictions because forecasters now have nearly instant access to global wind data. Measurements of wind speed and direction over the world's oceans are available within 3 hours of measurement from the Japanese satellite ADEOS (Advanced Earth Observing Satellite).

Wind parameters at 25-km resolution are being measured by NASA's scatterometer traveling on the Japanese satellite ADEOS (Advanced Earth Observing Satellite). “The high accuracy and spatial resolution of the data were quickly recognized by our forecasters, who have been starved for data over significant expanses of the world's oceans,” said Jim Hoke, director of NOAA's Marine Prediction Center.

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