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Hampton University's New Antenna Captures First Shot of Hurricane Matthew
10/04/2016 - #49

Hampton, Va. -- Hampton University's new $5 million Broadcast Weather Antenna has captured its first image of Hurricane Matthew and will continue to capture images every hour in real time.

Dr. William Moore, Professor of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, said the infrared image shows precisely where the hurricane is at in real time. 

HU's antenna will continue to capture real time images every hour. Currently, eleven different satellites are tracking and providing new data more than once per hour. The multiple satellite overpasses allow HU to provide frequent updates to meteorologists such as those working at the National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA, helping them to provide the most accurate forecasts for the region.

The HU Center for Atmospheric Research and Education announced that Hurricane Matthew became visible to the weather satellites being tracked by the HU Direct Broadcast Antenna on top of the Harbor Center building at approximately 11:30am EDT, Tuesday, October 4.

The radio antenna, installed at the end of September, is fully functional and receives data from satellites orbiting the Earth whenever they are above the horizon. This gives the antenna an image of Earth, of over 2000 miles around Hampton.  

In the image released by the scientists, the area viewed by the satellite on this particular overhead pass is shown in green overlain on the map of North America. The infrared image, acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on board NASA’s TERRA satellite, shows hurricane Matthew’s spiral cloud structure just entering the frame from the south. 


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