Paper on measuring surface wind speed from hurricane hunter aircraft when it turns and rolls released online in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Summary: The Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR) is an instrument flown on the NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft that measures surface wind speed and how much rain is falling over the ocean in tropical cyclones.  Historically, the SFMR measurements have only been used when the aircraft is not turning or going up or down …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 9 AM ET

HRD is tasking the NOAA P-3 for tropical cyclone genesis research missions in the East Pacific, to/from Liberia, Costa Rica beginning on Wednesday. The P-3 will ferry to C.R. today, and missions are expected to continue through Saturday. The goal is to capture processes related to the formation, or non-formation, of a tropical cyclone in …

80th Anniversary of the Great New England hurricane

On September 21, 1938, a hurricane moving at over 50 mph struck Long Island and raced over New England, bringing a storm surge and heavy rainfall.  It would be remembered for generations as the "Long Island Express". The storm originated from a disturbance detected off Africa on Sept. 9th.  It was tracked via ship reports …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Thursday, September 20, 2018, 9 AM ET

Thursday, September 20, 2018 NOAA49: The NOAA G-IV will be flying a joint research mission for AOML/HRD and NOAA/NESDIS (National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service) objectives to validate atmospheric moisture and temperature profiles in the NOAA Unique Combined Atmospheric Processing System (NUCAPS) satellite product. Of particular interest is assessing the ability of NUCAPS to represent …

90th Anniversary of Lake Okeechobee Hurricane

On September 16, 1928, the deadliest hurricane in Florida's history struck West Palm Beach.  As it moved inland it drove the waters of Lake Okeechobee against the mud levees on its shores.  When the levees failed, a surge inundated the communities of Okeechobee City, South Bay and Belle Glade, causing thousands of deaths. The storm …