While accuracy of weather forecasting has improved over time, it still often does not allow for early enough warning times in the event of severe weather.
tornadoes hit the U.S. each year
in damage per year is caused by flooding in the U.S., more than any other severe weather related event
Improve predictions of storms by using storm models to teach satellites to recognize what storm conditions look like.
Observations from previous storms are required to create accurate storm models, which in turn demonstrate how storm processes function. Automation processes can be programmed into satellites so they are able to recognize impending storms while also providing enough lead time to implement a safety plan.
The Faculty Involved
Dr. Susan van den Heever
Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science
Gather better observations of storms to more accurately inform models.
Develop storm prediction models more quickly.
Prevent more severe weather related deaths.
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