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Commercial Airline Flights To Monitor Weather

Beginning with a fleet of Southwest Airline commercial jets, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC), will install a series of water vapor sensors on the jets to map weather conditions.

These sensors will provide data back to the NOAA and other agencies, allowing them to predict weather patterns and monitor climate change.

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This is a first for the commercial airline industry, and also a giant innovative step forward for the natural science field.

Southwest’s fleet of jets will be able to cover our nation’s airspace faster than individual jets from science labs, allowing for faster and more precise data relays.

The sensors will help us better understand the changes our planet is going through, as well as giving us the ability to predict major storms sooner and more accurately than ever before.

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