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February 29, 2016 AT 2:00 am

This New Lab Can Create Category 5 Hurricanes

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A new simulator at the University of Miami will hopefully act as a crucial tool for climate scientists and city planners, who will need to ready coastal infrastructure due to increased hurricanes and flooding in the years to come. From PopularScience:

The 75-foot, 30,000-gallon acrylic tank can be filled with salt or fresh water. Using a 1,700-horsepower fan and a 12-paddle wave generator, scientists can stir up an infinite variety of waves. “We can create the equivalent of a hurricane with winds over 200 miles per hour,” says oceanographer Brian Haus, SUSTAIN’s director. “That’s an off-the-charts Category 5.”

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