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Researchers Use Emerging Technologies to Probe Winter Storm; Goal to Improve Forecasting

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Weatherballoonimpacts photo 1Nor-easter snowfall forecasts are often challenging to predict accurately. Much of this challenge results from predicting the location and intensity of narrow snow bands, which can quickly drop several inches of snow. Researchers from Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) headed into the thick of the storm at Smith Point County Park along the ocean in Shirley, New York, to use emerging technologies that may be the future of forecasting dangerous nor-easter snowstorms. The team is part of a NASA-led group of investigators who track snowfall across the Northeast under the IMPACTS program:  The Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast – Threatening Snowstorms.

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