Sim Aberson serves on a panel at the First NOAA Florida Diversity & Inclusion Workshop

First NOAA Florida Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Held Virtually The first ever NOAA Florida Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Workshop was held virtually on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Despite not being able to have personal interaction, we had a successful event with a variety of topics presented by outstanding speakers and panelists with decades of combined … Continue reading Sim Aberson serves on a panel at the First NOAA Florida Diversity & Inclusion Workshop

The Saharan Air Layer: What is it? Why does NOAA track it?

As we move through the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, you will no doubt hear a lot about the Saharan Air Layer—a mass of very dry, dusty air that forms over the Sahara Desert during the late spring, summer and early fall. This layer can travel and impact locations thousands of miles away from its African … Continue reading The Saharan Air Layer: What is it? Why does NOAA track it?

Paper on the ability of forecast models to predict the extreme rainfall from Hurricane Harvey (2017) released Atmosphere

Hurricane Harvey brought up to 5 feet of rainfall to Texas and Louisiana in just a few days in 2017. The strongest rainfall typically happens near the center (eye) of a hurricane. Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall was unusually located far away from the eye. These unusual events make it difficult for forecast models to correctly predict … Continue reading Paper on the ability of forecast models to predict the extreme rainfall from Hurricane Harvey (2017) released Atmosphere

Paper on consumer stockpiling affects the supply of emergency supplies during and after a hurricane released online in Production and Operations Management

The main purpose of this research is to determine how consumer stockpiling (or precautionary buying) behavior, as well as storm and retail characteristics, impact the availability of essential supplies at retailers following a hurricane. You can access the paper at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3309457. For more information, contact Erica Rule, AOML Communications Director, at erica.rule@noaa.gov.

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of June 2020

June's science meeting consisted of six presentations: Jason Sippel: "Some thoughts about recent G-IV impact results" Sarah Ditchek: "Quantifying the Radial Impact of Dropsondes Using the Basin-Scale HWRF" Dave Nolan: "Evaluation of the Surface Wind Field Over Land in WRF Simulations of Hurricane Wilma (2005)" Lakemariam Worku: "Forecasting a Continuum Environmental Threats - Tropical Cyclone … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of June 2020

Sarah Ditchek receives The University at Albany’s Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award

Dr. Ditchek received the award for her dissertation "On the Frequency, Structure, and Characteristics of Tropical Cyclone Diurnal Pulses." Three papers published as a result of this research can be found at https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/MWR-D-18-0368.1, https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/MWR-D-19-0129.1, and https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/MWR-D-20-0022.1. Congratulations Sarah!

Heather Holbach participates in webinar about the Gulf of Mexico loop current and its impact on hurricanes

Dr. Heather Holbach participated as a panelist for the “GRP: Facing an Active 2020 Hurricane Season: Impacts of the Loop Current” virtual webinar hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Gulf Research Program (GRP) on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Dr. Holbach was joined by panelists Drs. Shuyi Chen. Professor of Atmospheric … Continue reading Heather Holbach participates in webinar about the Gulf of Mexico loop current and its impact on hurricanes

Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, June 6, 2020, 10pm EDT

The NOAA Hurricane Hunters took off at 4PM EDT today from Lakeland, FL for their final reconnaissance mission into Tropical Storm Cristobal. Due to the asymmetric nature of precipitation in the storm, both the dropsondes and the tail Doppler radar played an important role collecting critical data needed for analysis of the Cristobal. For this … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, June 6, 2020, 10pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, June 5, 2020, 10pm EDT

Tropical Storm Cristobal became the Atlantic Hurricane Season’s third named storm and has already produced damaging and deadly flooding in Central America. The system’s center emerged over water and quickly returned to tropical storm strength. Due to the storm’s location and characteristics, preparations were swiftly coordinated with the National Hurricane Center, Environmental Modeling Center, and … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, June 5, 2020, 10pm EDT