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Cyclone Debbie

Cyclone Debbie

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, March 27, 2017/Categories: natural history, sustainability, environment, climate change

            Tropical Cyclone Debbie, 3-17-17 (credit: Bureau of Meteorology, Australia)

A gigantic cyclone, Debbie, is striking Australia's Queensland state today. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology just released satellite photographs showing Debbie is Category-4 storm---it could increase to level 5, the highest on the hurricane scale---and make a direct hit on a coastal zone along the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays. Wind blasts exceeding 120mph could develop and thousands of Queenslanders have been given advance warnings to move inland over concern for 12 foot high storm surges.

The importance of environmental satellites tracking the formation and movement of weather systems is well demonstrated by monitoring severe storms like Debbie.

The people of Queensland, coastal zones of the USA, and the Caribbean and elsewhere all benefit from the science and technology that provide time to prepare for destructive weather that heads their way.



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