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FALL 2014 Semester
Joint Brazilian and U.S. project to study formation of rain in the Amazon forests
Real-time forecast of Hurricane Sandy had track and intensity accuracy
By A'ndrea Elyse Messer February 25, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A real-time hurricane analysis and prediction system that effectively incorporates airborne Doppler radar information may accurately track the path, intensity and wind force in a hurricane, according to Penn State meteorologists. This system can also identify the sources of forecast uncertainty.
"For this particular study aircraft-based Doppler radar information was ingested into the system," said Fuqing Zhang, professor of meteorology, Penn State. "Our predictions were comparable to or better than those made by operational global models."
Zhang and Erin B. Munsell, graduate student in meteorology, used The Pennsylvania State University real-time convection-permitting hurricane analysis and forecasting system (WRF-EnKF) to analyze Hurricane Sandy. Read the full story in