New NASA Research Tool Could Predict Hurricane Storm Surge

NASA says a new research tool that flies high above big storms could eventually help forecasters make more accurate predictions on hurricane intensity and where dangerous storm surge could wash inland. As Jack Williams reports, "HIRAD" got its first real test a week and a half ago.

Dr. Timothy Miller
NASA's Dr. Timothy Miller

"The three boxes you see have various functions. This is a GPS-INS box."

Dr. Timothy Miller stands next to a rectangular pallet full of wires and electrical boxes on the floor of a NASA hanger at Ellington Field. This is

HIRAD is still in its infancy and researchers haven't been able to access data from Hurricane Earl yet. But they hope within a few years, it will be an important part of making hurricane forecasting even more accurate.