Flights over the ocean help produce early, accurate forecasts

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Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 12:00 am

Five times in mid-February, a federal storm-hunting jet flew the north Pacific Ocean, gathering data on a storm that was about to deliver a powerful punch to the Great Plains.

The storm itself had yet to form when the first two flights headed out, said Capt. Will Odell, science officer within the National Weather Service.

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