Satellites give an eagle eye on thunderstorms

Science Centric: It's one of the more frustrating parts of summer. You check the weather forecast, see nothing dramatic, and go hiking or biking. Then, four hours later, a thunderstorm appears out of nowhere and ruins your afternoon. Thunderstorms can bring intense rain, hail, lightning and even tornadoes, but 'predicting them a few hours out is one of the great problems of meteorology,' says Chian-Yi Liu, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. And the consequences can be more serious......

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