HOUSTON — Atmospheric scientists are evaluating their first data from NASA’s Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (Hirad), a prototype high-altitude sensor that could improve National Hurricane Center predictions of coastal surges and inland flooding from Atlantic and Gulf Coast tropical storms. Initial measurements of telltale microwave emissions from sea foam on the Atlantic waters were gathered on Sept. 1 with the Hirad mounted in the payload bay of a NASA WB-57, as the modified 1950s vintage ...
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