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March-April 2013

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Eyes on the Ocean

Pilots of transoceanic flights often find themselves shortsighted when it comes to detecting turbulence in time to plan around it. But a new prototype forecast system hopes to bring conditions over remote ocean regions into better focus.

“Turbulence is the leading cause of injuries in commercial aviation,” says John Haynes, Applied Sciences program manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “This prototype system is of crucial importance to pilots and is another demonstration of the practical benefit of NASA's Earth observations.”

KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.

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