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In the News Now: Scripps Researchers Use Hurricane Hunters to Probe Atmospheric Rivers

Goal is to improve forecasts of key precipitation source
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Climate scientist Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, is developing a new method for improving forecasts of atmospheric rivers – channels of moisture in the atmosphere that are crucial to California's water supply – using U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Reconnaissance flights have begun and the Washington Post described Ralph's research in a Thursday feature

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