Hurricane Floyd, satellite image

Hurricane Floyd, satellite image

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This image is part of the feature Hurricane Hunters

Credit: CHRIS SATTLBERGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hurricane Floyd. Coloured satellite image of Hurricane Floyd (blue, centre left) over the Atlantic. This image was used by the US Air Force Hurricane Hunters team to plan their flight path. The team fly a Hercules plane through hurricanes to gather data. The plane is equipped with instruments to measure meteorological parameters, such as wind speed, humidity and atmospheric pressure. These data are then modelled on computer to help predict the storm's future direction. These models have an accuracy of 70%, which allows authorities to implement damage limitation procedures. Hurricane Floyd caused 57 deaths and 1.3 billion US dollars of damage.

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