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NASA’s Role in Studying Hurricanes – two

NASA tracks the global air temperature and humidity through its Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument. The data provided by NASA is made use by weather agencies to make forecasts on storm strengths, accompanying winds, etc. NASA and the

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s TRMM satellite provide CAT scan-like views of rainfall in the massive thunderstorms of hurricanes.

NASA’s work is significant because the damage caused by hurricanes today is far worse than before; this is because of population pressures and constructions closer to the storm surge areas. Today NASA scientists can look at the topmost level of a hurricane and to just the mid- and low-levels. The NASA Convection and Moisture Experiment (CAMEX-3) is all about gathering information on hurricanes from the higher altitudes. The information gathered may help increase the warning time; save life and property and also reduce the size of the area to be evacuated. Any improvement is forecasting is worth a lot of money; in fact according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), better forecasting can directly result in savings of millions of dollars every mile. This is because productivity losses are avoided as lesser area has to be evacuated. 

The way things stand; forecasters have larger areas evacuated to prevent any untoward incidents. CAMEX-3 is an interagency project that is designed to study how a hurricane gains in power. A project like this has not been attempted till now for storms being generated in the Atlantic Ocean area. The CAMEX-3 study uses NASA’s converted DC-8 and ER-2 high-altitude research aircraft in conjunction with NOAA’s WP-3D Orion hurricane hunter and various other instruments. 

Also by finding out how high up within the clouds rain formation occurs, NASA scientists can gauge whether the hurricane winds will gain strength or grow weak. Today we know that if the rains continue to fall from clouds that extend up to nine miles high then there is a good chance of the hurricane getting stronger. By keeping an eye on the height of the rain when the hurricane approaches within 200 miles of the coast, the forecasters are able to assess the strength of the hurricane and issue more accurate evacuation warnings. Scientists pay attention to hot towers in the eyewall of a hurricane; the presence of several hot towers invariably leads to the hurricane growing stronger.


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