Inside the National Weather Service, the Digital Eye of Hurricane Florence – Doug Bock Clark


A little after 7 P.M. on Thursday, Phil Badgett, a lead forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), monitored Hurricane Florence from a field office in Raleigh, North Carolina’s inland capital. Depicted across his four computer screens by the region’s Doppler radar, the storm looked like a colossal sawblade, its green and yellow outer teeth just beginning to chew into the purple continent. “It’s beautiful and fascinating,” he told me, “but also horrifying. As the outer bands come in, what I’m watching for is tornadoes……

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