Brian Haus, professor in the department of ocean sciences at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, in Miami, Florida looks on as a storm rages inside the world's largest indoor hurricane simulator, known as SUSTAIN (short for SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere Interaction) on April 30, 2015. The world's largest hurricane simulator is now complete and experts hope it will improve forecasters' ability to predict how strong a storm will get, which has been a key weak spot for science until now. When lead scientist Brian Haus switches on the 1,700 horsepower engine, paddles begin to roil the 38,000 gallons (144,000 liters) of fresh water, though salt water can also be used. Aquamarine waves arc gracefully against the acrylic windows, then grow increasingly frenetic as a Category 5 wind blows over the top at a speed of 156 miles per hour (251 kilometers per hour). Soon, spray droplets scatter across the sides of the steel-framed tank, which measures 75 feet (23 meters) long, 20 feet (six meters) wide and 6.5 feet (two meters) deep.
Brian Haus, professor in the department of ocean sciences at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, in Miami, Florida looks on as a storm rages inside the world's largest indoor hurricane simulator, known as SUSTAIN (short for SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere Interaction) on April 30, 2015. The world's largest hurricane simulator is now complete and experts hope it will improve forecasters' ability to predict how strong a storm will get, which has been a key weak spot for science until now. When lead scientist Brian Haus switches on the 1,700 horsepower engine, paddles begin to roil the 38,000 gallons (144,000 liters) of fresh water, though salt water can also be used. Aquamarine waves arc gracefully against the acrylic windows, then grow increasingly frenetic as a Category 5 wind blows over the top at a speed of 156 miles per hour (251 kilometers per hour). Soon, spray droplets scatter across the sides of the steel-framed tank, which measures 75 feet (23 meters) long, 20 feet (six meters) wide and 6.5 feet (two meters) deep. KERRY SHERIDAN AFP/Getty Images
Brian Haus, professor in the department of ocean sciences at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, in Miami, Florida looks on as a storm rages inside the world's largest indoor hurricane simulator, known as SUSTAIN (short for SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere Interaction) on April 30, 2015. The world's largest hurricane simulator is now complete and experts hope it will improve forecasters' ability to predict how strong a storm will get, which has been a key weak spot for science until now. When lead scientist Brian Haus switches on the 1,700 horsepower engine, paddles begin to roil the 38,000 gallons (144,000 liters) of fresh water, though salt water can also be used. Aquamarine waves arc gracefully against the acrylic windows, then grow increasingly frenetic as a Category 5 wind blows over the top at a speed of 156 miles per hour (251 kilometers per hour). Soon, spray droplets scatter across the sides of the steel-framed tank, which measures 75 feet (23 meters) long, 20 feet (six meters) wide and 6.5 feet (two meters) deep. KERRY SHERIDAN AFP/Getty Images

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