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Can the intensity of a hurricane be predicted?

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This is from the Oct. 12, 2011, edition of The Guardian. SMU researchers work toward developing a technique to measure hurricane wind speeds. Read more here.

October 14, 2011

It is possible to predict the track of a hurricane with a reasonable degree of accuracy several days in advance. Unfortunately predicting intensity is less certain, and potential victims don't know whether to expect a rather heavy thunderstorm or something truly apocalyptic. Evacuation may be a wise precautionary measure, but when the promised devastation does not occur it looks like crying wolf....

Researchers at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas are developing a new modelling technique to predict the speed of hurricane winds.