NEWS AN D Notes NAS A Hurricane Study Reveals Intriguing "The amazing thing about this data from Georges Results is that the rain was enhanced significantly by the The National Atmospheric and Space Administra- mountains in the interior of the Dominican Republic," tion (NASA) and other weather researchers have said NASA researcher Gerald Heymsfield of NASA's gained intriguing new information about upper-level Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. winds that drive hurricanes and the devastating impact "We got a glimpse of the storm's impact with the of the storms as they collide with mountains. mountainous island and the subsequent rain that even- tually caused significant loss of life." The research is from a seven-week study conducted Heymsfield's images from a Doppler radar on the last summer during the Third Convection and Mois- high-altitude aircraft show Hurricane Georges slam- ture Experiment (CAMEX-3) that involved NASA, ming into 9000-foot mountains—producing what ap- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration peared to be huge thunderstorms over the mountains. (NOAA), and several universities in a concentrated effort to gauge the strength of Atlantic hurricane winds "Understanding this very complicated interaction and rainfall. between Hurricane Georges and the mountains will keep us busy for a
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 1999
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