Flights over the ocean help produce early, accurate forecasts
A photo of a computer screen aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration storm-tracking jet shows the jet's path and the 18 sensor drops during a flight out of Anchorage, Alaska. Data gathered from such a flight helped produce accurate early forecasts of the Feb. 20-21 snowstorm that dumped 8.3 inches of snow in Omaha.
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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Monday, March 4, 2013 12:00 am.