Satellites are “eyes in the sky” to forecast hurricanes
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center describes how satellites have become our “eyes in the sky” to forecast hurricanes.
In September of 1900, a powerful hurricane killed 8,000 people in Galveston, Texas, and there was no warning that the storm was coming.
In the 120 years since this tragedy, the evolution of weather satellites and atmospheric models has enabled scientists to track the location, movement, and intensity of hurricanes.
Earth-observing satellites, including those from the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), provide incredible advances in hurricane forecasting.
“One of the dramatic impacts is that satellite data keeps an eye on the target,” said JPSS Director Greg Mandt. “We’re sort of like your eyes in the sky to make sure that Mother Nature can never surprise you.”
Video Credit: NASA Goddard