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How do search and rescue teams track weather in the field?

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Author's Note: How do search and rescue teams track weather in the field?

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom isn't just a quirky, twee story of precocious young love. It's also an example of how extreme weather - in this case a hurricane - can really foul up a search and rescue operation. Two 12-year-olds set an entire fictional island on edge as its people try to track down the runaways before the storm hits, navigating strong winds, a flash flood and vicious lightning strikes along the way. Fortunately, the movie isn't all doom and gloom. We even get to see Bill Murray walk around with no shirt on, a bottle of wine in one hand and an axe in the other. "I'll be out back. I'm going to go find a tree to job down," Murray tells his sons. That's an exercise that's probably a lot like trying to find and rescue two young kids in the middle of a natural disaster.

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