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The Gulf of Mexico's sea surface temperature could help predict the likelihood of summer storm activity, study says
Description: A new study shows that scientists could use the Gulf of Mexico's sea surface temperature (SST) to forecast whether atmospheric conditions are favorable for extreme weather events from May through July. Extreme weather, such as tornadoes, causes devastating impacts every year in the U.S., but predicting severe storms remains challenging. Although scientists can't predict individual storms more than a week ahead, they can use background atmospheric conditions to determine the likelihood that severe storms may develop. [Source: NOAA]
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Source: NOAA
Publish Date: 8/2/2016
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