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Posted at 6:30 PM ET, 08/28/2008

Cool Tools for 'Canes

By Jason Samenow

By Ann Posegate

"How strong is a hurricane? Just listen." Besides reconnaissance flights and ocean buoys, there may be potential to measure the strength of hurricanes by listening to their sound deep under the ocean surface. Leave it to MIT to develop underwater microphones (hydrophones) that make it "possible to measure wind power as a function of the intensity of the sound." You can listen for yourself here.

Also, get your 3-D glasses ready and watch these three-dimensional visualizations of Hurricane Katrina's 72-hour Model Forecast from the National Center for Atmospheric Research VisLab.

And while we're witnessing Gustav growing in the Caribbean, check out this visualization of the Sea Surface Temperatures in the Western Hemisphere, including the Gulf Stream current (courtesy of NOAA's Science on a Sphere.)

By Jason Samenow  | August 28, 2008; 6:30 PM ET
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I had to listen several times to the hurricane, but once I "got" what I was listening to, it was indeed very cool.

Posted by: ~sg | August 28, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Hurricanes: this is what forecaster "Beven" of the NOAA had to say in Gustav Discussion 17:


The rest can be viewed here:

Posted by: mcleaNed | August 29, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

It seems very odd that Hanna is forecast to take a soutwest track. Given the usual track of historical storms. I think models will adjust this in time and take her more W NW. I think east coast needs to bear watching assuming conditoins become more favorable for intensification.

Posted by: surfsup | August 29, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

what if Hanna and Gustav both strike US and Collide inland. There will be some major flooding. Has there ever been two Hurricanes that struck US at same time and joined forces inland for a major rain event.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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