A Gulfstream twin-engine turbo jet used to study hurricanes will be put to work to help forecast winter storms this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In an article published Jan. 12th, NOAA says the jet will be flown around the North Pacific Ocean in January and February. It will deploy sensors to “collect information where the jet stream and moisture from the ocean interact and breed potentially powerful winter storms that impact North America several days later.”
On board the aircraft meteorologists will be looking at a host of atmospheric conditions. Included in their laundry list are wind, pressure, temperature and humidity levels.
In the article, National Centers for Environmental Prediction Capt. Barry Choy says that comparing the information gathered with the sensors with satellite imagery “significantly enhance[s] four-to-seven day winter weather forecasts.”
NOAA uses the plane to study hurricanes during the late summer and fall seasons. Its selected flight path will be to the east and west of Hawa’ii where the plane is currently stationed and as far north as Alaska.
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