NASA On Air: NASA's Hurricane Modeling Advancements Since Katrina, 10 Years Ago (8/21/2015)

  • Released Friday, August 21, 2015

LEAD: Science and computer advances over the past ten years since Katrina are giving meteorologists clearer pictures of hurricanes.

1. A NASA weather and climate model now (2015) has a resolution of 4 miles, and updates the dynamic state of the atmosphere every 5 seconds and physical processes every 5 minutes.

2. Katrina's wind speed is shown on the left, water vapor on the right.

3. Abundant water vapor was one factor that helped to intensify Katrina to a Category 5 storm, with sustained wind speeds of 175 mph.

4. But, 18 hours later Katrina made landfall over Louisiana as a Category 3 storm, with winds of 125 mph.

TAG: Detailed computer models will help meteorologists understand these quick wind changes and make better forecasts about hurricane strength at landfall.

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