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NASA jet to hunt for storms around South Florida

NASA jet to hunt for storms around South Florida

A large NASA jet plans to depart from Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, hunt for a thunderstorm over the Atlantic and skirt around the edges. Its mission: Test out a special radar system that should enhance aviation safety by detecting when tiny ice crystals form close to storms. If that ice accumulates in a jetliner's engines, it could cause a power loss. "The weather patterns at this time of year make it favorable to fly the plane out of Florida," said Peter Merlin, spokesman for the project. "We're looking for storm systems over the ocean with high moisture content." Normally based at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif., the...

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