LEAD: NASA is using a special plane to help hurricane forecasters this summer.
This unmanned plane, Global Hawk, flies at 60,000 feet (twice the height of commercial planes)
It takes x-ray-like “cat- scans” of the inside of a hurricane: such as the towers of heavy rain that help energize storms.
Because it can stay up for 24 hours it can examine the entire hurricane, Head to toe.
TAG: Information will help forecasters determine why some hurricanes blow up from a minimal category one (1) storm to a devastating monster category 5 in less than a day. Especially critical when they approach landfall.