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Cyclone research in the wind as meters put to the test

Thursday January 30, 2014 - 12:16 EDT

Researchers from James Cook University in north Queensland are hoping to take advantage of the expected cyclone to learn more about the weather systems.

The Cyclone Testing Unit is testing six new wind meters at Rollingstone.

The unit's David Henderson says if the devices survive, they will provide valuable data to help improve buildings in cyclone-prone areas.

"These are prototypes, this will be the first time they're used in anger, so we're hoping to learn how well they withstand the rain, the water in these systems," he said.

"So we're basically learning about these devices as well as learning about the wind speed."

He says if the test proves successful, the meters will help provide better data during cyclones.

"This is new learning that [we] will get on the wind speeds in and around our housing because most of the wind speeds that do get measured are in large open fields at 10 metres height, so we're trying to get a better estimate of what the winds are [that are] impacting our housing," he said.


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