Environment & Climate

Eye on Irma

Satellite view of hurricane.


Before Irma turned into a Category 5 hurricane, UW–Madison’s Tropical Cyclone Research Group was the first to spot the then tropical storm off the coast of Africa. The UW scientists share such findings with National Hurricane Center forecasters, who then release warnings to the public. “You have to take a little pride in being a small slice of the process that lets people know what will happen — so they can get out of the way,” senior scientist Chris Velden MS’82 told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Published in the Winter 2017 issue


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