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Construction of next-gen hurricane-hunting satellites begins

Artist's concept of a CYGNSS Satellite (Credit: NASA)  Image Gallery (2 images)

Artist’s concept of a CYGNSS Satellite (Credit: NASA)
Image Gallery (2 images)

What is small enough to fit in an airliner carry-on bin and has the potential to save thousands of lives and millions of dollars worth of property? The answer is the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) – NASA’s next-generation hurricane-observing microsatellites, which are now being assembled at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. Hurricanes can change direction and intensity without warning and what looks like a mild one headed safely out to sea can quickly gain power and turn landward. Unfortunately, current satellite monitoring systems can only look at such storms periodically, which can lead to some nasty surprises…


Hawaiians urged to be on alert for Tropical Storm Kilo

Hawaii could soon be hosting a hurricane, though there’s still a lot that can happen with Tropical Storm Kilo. Kilo was far away from land Friday, situated about 480 miles south-southeast of Hilo and 650 miles from Honolulu. And its sustained winds, at that point, were 40 mph. Still, the real danger is what comes next…


SES ‘disappointed’ NSW flood signs removed

The SES says it’s disappointed that safety signs are being removed in the storm and flood-ravaged NSW south coast. Shoalhaven’s Mayor Joanna Gash says safety signs warning of road closures due to heavy rainfall, have been taken down, causing havoc to drivers who are getting stuck on flooded roads. The SES says it’s had to undertake 67 rescues in the past 48 hours for people who drive through flood water, not only risking their own lives but also the lives of its volunteers. The SES have worked tirelessly to attend to the 1500 calls for help since the storm first hit central NSW and Sydney on Monday, before sweeping south to the Illawarra and south coast regions…



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