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2015-10-11
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NOAA Awards $5.7 million to Improve Hazardous Weather Forecasts

         The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Friday, October 9, 2015, $5.7 million in cooperative research agreements and grants to improve forecasting hazardous and extreme weather including hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy rainfall, floods and snowstorms.

         “By engaging with a broad array of academic and other research partners, we aim to improve scientific understanding of these hazardous and extreme weather phenomena to solve the real problems our citizens, businesses, and leaders face every single day,” said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan.

         One of the grants, provided by NOAA Research, awards $1.4 million to the Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT). This project brings together world-class researchers and forecasters online and in person to develop, test and verify improvements to forecast computer models with the goal of moving hurricane research into day-to-day operations. The funding will support new projects to better use satellite data to improve computer model forecasts of the genesis and rapid intensification of tropical cyclones, improve analysis tools and the forecast products posted online to inform the public. Projects also will support the transition of a new coastal storm tide forecast model to operational use by NOAA hurricane forecasters.

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