Images compiled at UW-Madison are helping track Hurricane Sandy, in almost real-time.
Scientists at the university translate data from more than 20 satellites. Some loop around the planet, others are stationary over the equator. One of the maps provides a new look at the storm every minute, a look at the future of weather imaging where many devices only broadcast ever fifteen minutes or every few hours.
Forecasters are also assisting weather centers on the East Coast shut down by the storm.
"One of the facilities is in Wallops Island, Va., which is right in the heart of the storm right now, and they actually had to shut down their reception," said Chris Velden. "A lot of the different satellite images that you're seeing out on the net and that are getting to the Weather Service office actually are coming out of here and we're helping to keep that going during the storm."