October 30, 2012
Researchers probe Hurricane Sandy. As BoingBoing's Maggie Koerth-Bakernoted today, it's too soon for scientists to be certain about the extent to which climate change is responsible for Hurricane Sandy. Scientists know that climate change has made extreme weather more common, but no one can point to the specific causes of this still-developing storm yet. But scientists hope to have answers in the future, so they're gearing up to study the storm. On the government research front, scientists with the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory have been piloting into the storm in order to gather data that will build better forecasts. Their Twitter stream often features cool shots of radar screens and such:
The Hurricane Research Team from the Texas Tech University have traveled to the Northeast to collect data, using StickNet towers to collect information about the storm's "temperature, relative humidity, pressure, wind speed and wind direction." Their focus is on learning how to minimize damage to life and property.