If the only thing you hate more than an impossibly snarled commute is a weather forecast that's too late and too vague, a BYU professor has good news.
Assistant mechanical engineering professor Julie Crockett has figured out a way to improve weather predictions. Her research which was recently published in the International Journal of Geophysics looks at "atmospheric internal waves," which she said are similar to waves in an ocean. The waves move huge amounts of energy through the air and can significantly influence weather patterns, but typical weather forecasting models can't accurately track them, she said.
That's a problem, Crockett explained, because the waves can blow an anticipated snowstorm away earlier than predicted or enhance extreme weather events. That means people sometimes walk outside and see something completely different from what they heard on the evening weather forecast.