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WNC Weather Study Could Lead To Better Forecasts

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Doug Miller is a professor at UNC-Asheville and is one of the project researchers. Doug Miller is a professor at UNC-Asheville and is one of the project researchers.

Rain, rain, and go away? Not so fast. It's the subject matter of a new study taking place in Western North Carolina.

Doug miller is a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UNC-Asheville and is one of the researchers.

He will work alongside staff from NASA and NOAA for the next 18 months.

"My interests are how the mountains influence the weather," Miller said.

And Lucky for him, that is what the agencies hope to find out – how to improve forecasters' ability to predict storms.

The Appalachian Mountains are an important contributor to not only rainfall amounts but also rainfall distribution," said Larry Lee with the National Weather Service office in Greer.

Lee says the mountains can often change the wind pattern which affects how much rain an area will get; but there are still a lot of unknowns at the higher elevations due lack of personnel and technology.

As part of the study, researchers will be testing various methods to gauge rainfall.

They will keep track of what happens, find out what tools work best and then report back to forecasters.

Miller hopes the results will enable them to put out warnings faster, not just in our area but nationwide.

To read more about the study, click here.

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