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Despite cooler temps, county officials remain watchful of tropics

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Colder temperatures mean it’s time to start breaking out scarves and sweaters, but there’s one lingering tropical phenomenon many may have lost track of. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich recently spoke with Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson who says although the 2011 hurricane season was active, residents should not let their guards down just yet.

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Meanwhile, hurricane researchers say they’ve gotten very good at predicting the path of a hurricane. They’re now as accurate at 48 hours before landfall. University of Florida Geography Professor Corey Matchas says there have been numerous developments in hurricane forecast models.

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Matyas1.mp3]

Matchas says the downfall in storm research is predicting the intensity of tropical systems.

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NOAA meteorologists use doppler radar technology on the tails of the P-3 aircraft used in hurricane tracking. Matchas says this technology gives a cat scan of the storm inside and out.

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The radar data will now be sent in real time to forecasters on the ground at emergency management centers. The offical end to hurricane season is November 30th.

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