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Drones and Lightbulbs Help Predict Dangerous Weather

Better data and microstations are making weather forecasting better—but never perfect.
Florida was pummeled by Hurricane Irma.
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It’s easy to take weather forecasting for granted. Every goofy TV meteorologist told us more than a week ahead that Hurricane Irma was turning into a giant storm that would nail the United States’ East Coast. Given the incomprehensible complexity of weather, such a feat is like predicting today who will win the 2020 presidential election. (Crowdsourced site Paddypower gives Oprah 33-1 odds.)

Over the next few years, technology will make weather modeling even more precise and useful, which is good news as the planet, driven by climate change, enters an era of worse storms. Not only will models

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