coondoggie writes: "If you live along a coastline this time the year hurricanes can a deadly problem. NASA the U.S. Office of Naval Research today said they are using a new and growing set of networked sensors on land, sea and in space that use lightning strikes to help forecasters predict just how powerful an oncoming storm may be. Researchers are using data from a growing network of new, long-range, ground-based lightning sensors, a NASA satellite and aircraft-based sensors. Specifically they are looking at the relationship between hurricane eyewall lightning outbreaks and the intensity of hurricanes. Researchers say they can now say with greater accuracy how the rate of lightning strikes produced within a hurricane's eyewall is tied to the changing strength of that hurricane.