Researchers at the University of Miami are using a newly built indoor hurricane simulator that is designed to study the workings and impact of category five storms. While there are other high-speed wind-wave facilities in various institutions including Kyoto University and Imperial College London, this facility takes hurricane testing to a whole other level, and will offer a new understanding of the destructive storms.
Located at the university's School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, this hurricane simulator cost $15 million to build. It is the only wind-wave facility in the world that is capable of generating gales similar to those brutally destructive category five storms, in which winds can hit speeds in excess of 250 km/h.
With hurricane season on the horizon, the timing of this hurricane simulator's inauguration couldn't be any better. The insights that come out of this facility's use will surely save scores of lives going forward.