NOAA Airborne Computer Improves Hurricane The new workstation processes information from Movement Forecasts aircraft instruments and from probes dropped from the This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad- plane, and uses it to make continuous estimates of the ministration (NOAA) hurricane-hunting aircraft will hurricane track. Based on that information, the aircraft begin sending on-the-spot analyses of storm activity to computer analyzes the distribution of wind and pre- forecasters in Miami, improving public warnings and cipitation relative to the storm center. forecasts from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). New Minimum and Maximum Ice Formation Found Software is being developed for a new computer Ice edges reached new minimums and maximums workstation on board the agency's airplanes designed around the world in the week ending 16 February to analyze and repackage data collected in-flight. 1991, according to NOAA-Navy Joint Ice Center in Although sophisticated radar on the aircraft gather Suitland, Maryland. great amounts of data on the distribution of rainbands In the North Atlantic Ocean, a new maximum ice and windfields throughout the depth of hurricanes, extent was set reaching 60 miles farther south than the forecasters in Miami see only a small part of it imme- record set in
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1991
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