New York’s city’s top meteorologist has announced the launch of a new tool designed to track hot spots on the ground and provide weather information to the public.
Hot spot devices are devices that use radio signals to monitor the temperature of a surface and send alerts when there’s a hot spot there, such as in a hot spring.
They’re generally used in areas where the surface is hot and people are often outdoors, said Chris Breen, the meteorologist at New York Met, the city’s weather service.
The city is looking for a company to build a device to help with its hot spot tracking efforts, he said.
In addition to using radio signals, a device like this would allow meteorologists to monitor surface temperature as it moves across the ground, Breen said.
It’s part of the citys effort to track the impact of Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to produce hot spots around the world as the storm heads toward the United States.
The New York metro area alone will see more than 100 hot spots.
Breen called the heat spot devices a “game changer” that can help scientists and residents understand what is happening.
The hot spot devices would be used for a variety of purposes, including tracking the formation of hot spots and helping scientists understand how to best control those hot spots in the future, he added.
They can also be used as a way to determine the extent of rainfall in areas, he noted.
“Hot spot tracking will be one of the biggest and most important changes in the way we get weather information and our forecasts in the next few years,” Breen told CNN in an interview.
“This is an enormous opportunity for our citys and our state’s governments to have a huge impact in the climate and the impacts of climate change,” he said, adding that the devices would help people understand how their citys climate is changing.