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NASA Team Aids Hurricane Forecasting Using Satellite Data
24 October 2019
NASA has for years used its cutting-edge space-based and airborne instruments to better understand hurricanes and give weather forecasters new insights they could use to improve the accuracy of their storm forecasts. A NASA program focused on bringing new weather research to bare on forecasting challenges is now tackling predictions of a hurricane's strength.
The Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) team based at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, bridges the weather research and operational forecasting communities. SPoRT team members work closely with forecasters to understand how NASA technologies and data can help them make more accurate predictions. The process is a continual conversation between researchers and forecasters to develop, refine and use new tools and data sets.
Image credit: NASA/SPoRT - The change of the internal structure of hurricanes seen with microwaves helps forecasters make better predictions and help save lives and property in the path of the storms.