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Monday, January 14, 2013

NOAA Using Gulfstream IV to Improve Winter Storm Forecasts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is deploying a Gulfstream IV-SP over the north Pacific Ocean for the next two months to monitor and improve winter storm forecasts.

NOAA said its meteorologists aboard the aircraft will measure wind speed direction, pressure, temperature and humidity in areas of the Pacific where storms will breed before making landfall in the United States. The plane will fly out of Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, and then reposition to Anchorage in March.

“These additional targeted observations, combined with data from other observing systems, enhance the accuracy of the forecasts, especially for high impact winter weather events,” said Barry Choy, corps captain at NOAA. “By improving our forecasts, we can alert the public, emergency managers, air carriers, utility companies and others sooner so they can prepare more effectively for significant storms, and save lives, property and money.” More

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