The sensing system has the potential to improve weather forecasting by providing real-time and frequent humidity data from many locations when aircraft take off and land at airports throughout the United States. U.S. National Weather Service forecasters routinely use observations from water-vapor sensing systems in their day-to-day operations.

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Scientists in the U.S. are working on a prototype system to provide aircraft with updates about severe storms and turbulence as they fly across remote ocean regions.

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