We are opening our doors to the public along with the Southeast Fisheries Science Center for an Open House on Saturday, May 25th! Come out to see and learn about our cutting edge research efforts to explore the oceans, marine life, coral reefs, and hurricanes. Here’s your chance to speak directly with the scientists who are carrying out these studies and much more. Bring your family, friends and neighbors too. Hope to see you there!
“In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued today, NOAA is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.”
“New for this hurricane season are improvements to forecast models, data gathering, and the National Hurricane Center communication procedure for post-tropical cyclones. In July, NOAA plans to bring online a new supercomputer that will run an upgraded Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model that provides significantly enhanced depiction of storm structure and improved storm intensity forecast guidance.
Also this year, Doppler radar data will be transmitted in real time from NOAA’s Hurricane Operations Center Hurricane Hunter aircraft. This will help forecasters better analyze rapidly evolving storm conditions, and these data could further improve the HWRF model forecasts by 10 to 15 percent.”
The entire press release can be found at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2013/20130523_hurricaneoutlook_atlantic.html
HRD scientist Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan has been named to the Science Advisory Board of the Developmental Testbed Center (DTC). DTC is facilitates the testing and evaluation of new models and techniques in numerical weather prediction (NWP). It serves as a bridge between research and operations to facilitate the activities of both parts of the NWP Community. The Science Advisory Board assists the DTC Director in shaping the strategic direction and objectives for the DTC. Congratulations to Gopal in being named to this prestigious position.
Xuejin Zhang, a CIMAS affiliate, has been selected as NOAA Research Team Member of the Month for May 2013. He was honored for his role in developing the HWRF (Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting) model. The award is in recognition and appreciation of a NOAA team member who has made significant contributions to the agency, and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained effort toward accomplishing our mission. Congratulations, Xuejin, for all you do to improve hurricane forecasts!
Shirley Murillo was recognized by the South Florida Federal Executive Board with the Management Employee of the Year award at their annual May meeting. She was praised for her leadership of AOML/Hurricane Research Division’s annual Hurricane Field Program in 2011 and 2012 as well as for overseeing the Joint Hurricane Testbed. Her contributions in outreach activity and mentoring of students and young scientists was also noted. Congratulations, Shirley, for all that you do to promote hurricane science!
HRD Director Dr. Frank Marks discussed advancements in Hurricane Research at NOAA at a training session on Tropical Meteorology during the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on 7 May 2013. His presentation is available at:
The 2 presentations from May’s Modeling meeting are available on the anonymous ftp site as a zip archive at:
The paper can be accessed at http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/MWR-D-12-00349.1
The paper can be accessed here.
NOAA participated in the South Florida Aviation Fly-In & Educational Expo (SAFEE Flight) in Opa Locka, FL, May 3 & 4. AOML co-hosted a NOAA booth with the National Weather Service Miami Forecast Office and the Miami Center Weather Service Unit.
The event drew aviation enthusiasts as well as thousands of local school children who also tour the U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami.
Pictured at the NOAA booth are Kim Brabander (Miami Weather Forecast Office), Erica Rule (Communications and Outreach for AOML), and HRD Deputy DIrector Howie Friedman.