Ryan Torn's current research focuses on trying to understand atmospheric predictability by determining the source and growth of uncertainty within numerical models across a number of timescales using ensemble forecasts. This includes employing sensitivity analysis, which can be used to identify locations where to take observations that could improve the forecast.  He is an expert in both hurricane and atmospheric river forecasting.

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“I’ve been providing them information about where to launch their aircraft and where to launch balloons,” Torn said.

- U Albany professors helping National Hurricane Center track Hurricane Irma

“We've essentially had 5 storms that have been major hurricanes in a month that's pretty unprecedented,” Torn said. Torn says it's still far from where we were the year Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

- Researchers say active hurricane season likely to continue

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