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2003-Sep-11, 05:42 AM
SUMMARY: Weather forecasters are turning to data from a fleet of satellites to help predict how conditions might turn into hurricanes that could ravage the coastal areas of Eastern North America. Tropical storms typically appear off the coast of Africa from June to November; some of these will turn into hurricanes depending on many factors. Satellites can now spot many of the warning signs, including a sea surface temperature of at least 27.8 degrees Celsius, rotating winds above the ocean, air temperature, humidity, and finally rainfall intensity.

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2003-Sep-11, 05:27 PM
This will lead to finetuning weather forecasts, but they need one more very important factor that influences weather pattern, namely electric fields. No one ever seems to measure the electric field strength in weather systems, although we all know that there is a "fair weather potential" and electrical storms are very common. The wisdom at the moment is that the storms generate the electric gradient, it could very well be the other way around.