National Weather Service workshop helps meteorologists prepare for hurricane season

Meteorologist Kaiti Blake attended workshop in Corpus Christi

By Kaiti Blake - Meteorologist

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Hurricane season is almost upon us and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is predicting at least 15 named storms this year, four to eight of which could be hurricanes.

The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi hosted a workshop for members of the media on Thursday to review pre-existing forecast products that are used when tropical systems affect the Texas Gulf Coast. Information about new products was also shared with those who attended. 

KSAT 12 meteorologist Kaiti Blake was there and learned about the new technology and products that meteorologists across the country will be able to use during the 2019 hurricane season, including: 

  • Three new satellites that will help with monitoring and forecasting tropical systems across the world 
  • New radar technology onboard the Hurricane Hunter planes
  • A new weather model that will improve forecasting for all seasons, including hurricane season 

While there's always a lot of information surrounding hurricane preparedness, the biggest message from the National Weather Service is always clear and always the same: now is the time to get prepared! You and your family should have a hurricane kit in your home, in case you are forced to ride out a tropical system. You should also know what route you would take if you needed to evacuate ahead of a land falling storm. 

Click here for more on how you can be prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. 

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