Powerful storm hits California, scientists improve forecasting with advanced tools

The Guardian February 11, 2024, 05:00 PM UTC

Summary: A powerful atmospheric river storm hit California, causing $11bn in damage and nine deaths. Scientists are using advanced tools like dropsondes and radiosondes to measure and predict these storms, improving forecasts by 12%. New technology like airborne radio occultation is also being utilized. With warming oceans making storms deadlier, precise intel is crucial for mitigating disasters. As climate change intensifies storms, scientists are racing to better understand and predict them.

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