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SCI/TECH: Australia Hosts Storm Prediction Research Project

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posted on Nov, 13 2005 @ 04:46 PM
An international team of over 100 scientists have met in darwin, Northern Australia for a series of experiments and study of a unique tropical weather system. Scientists involved are hoping that the research on the tropical storm will help them understand the ozone layer and the development of holes along with size in the ozone layer in the future. The research will also identify the impact of tropical storms on the ozone and environment.

Planes will fly around the unique storm system north of Darwin known as Hector and collect data about its characteristics and influence on the environment and ozone layer.

Bureau of Meteorology scientist Peter May says the information could fill a gap in forecasting.

"We can look and we can sort of say a day ahead that large areas are likely to have thunderstorms but the gap in between is really hard."

"We don't know the role of these storms at all," he said.

Dr Schiller says the tropics contribute to the ozone layer system and the research will help them understand how holes in the layer develop.

"We need to know what is the input in the tropics and how fast will the recovery of the ozone hole will be or in the worst case, will there be more server ozone holes within the next 10 years or so," he said.

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Does this sound a bit odd to anyone else.Was Hector created artifically just for this purpose of study? Where exactly is Hector, as far as i can see on the weather map linked below there is no unique tropical storm up in that area. Although the one over darwin is a bit odd as it is unseasonal, the wet season has not started yet. The rains have not started here.

How could you organise such a large study and experimentation unless you knew there as going to be a "unique tropical storm" on a certain date and certain time.

They even admit in the article that thunderstorms can only really be known about a day ahead, yet here we have 100 scientists worldwide called at the drop of a hat to come and study this "unique system" strange.

It will be interesting to see if anyone reports weather oddities in the next three months while this study is going on.

One thing I have been curious about and watching is the ozone hole when it was at it's largest back in September and solar storms, which seemed to stir up the weather patterns coming off the antarctic which later developed into large tropical storms. Maybe the scientists have noticed the same too or read the ATS research project for ideas

ATS Severe Geomagnetic Storm Research Project

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[edit on 13-11-2005 by Mayet]


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