AOML and HRD researchers at 30th AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – 16-20 April 2012

There were over 600 abstracts submitted to the conference of which 593 were presented (427 oral in 65 sessions and 166 posters in 3 poster sessions). Of the 593 presentations roughly 85% were related to tropical cyclones. 16 HRD scientists (of which 5 were CIMAS) and 2 PhOD scientists participated in the conference as authors or coauthors on 44 presentations (35 presentations and 9 posters). They also chaired 6 sessions. Of the 500 TC-related presentations roughly 24% (119) mentioned or used data sets developed at HRD (H*WIND appears to be a favorite product for model evaluations). There were 3 dedicated sessions to HFIP and IFEX with 24 presentations, plus another 30-35 presentations sprinkled through the rest of the program that reported on HFIP and IFEX related work. It was also clear that HFIP research influenced a number of other presentations through recognition of the importance of evaluating numerical developments and simulations over numerous cases.

Recordings of the 35 presentations and the abstracts for the 9 posters AOML and HRD researchers presented (or were co-authors) at the Conference are available online from the AMS website:

The Impact of Assimilating Aircraft Observations in the Tropical Cyclone Core with HEDAS, the HWRF Ensemble Data Assimilation System – Sim D. Aberson, A. Aksoy, T. Vukicevic, K. J. Sellwood, J. F. Gamache, and S. Gopalakrishnan

Recent Advances in Vortex-Scale Data Assimilation using NOAA/AOML/HRD’s HWRF Ensemble Data Assimilation System (HEDAS) – Altug AksoyS. Lorsolo, S. D. Aberson, T. Vukicevic, and K. Sellwood

Evaluation of Numerical Models surface wind field structure during rapid changes TC cases using H*Wind and HEDAS – Bachir Annane, A. Aksoy and X. Zhang

Sensitivity of the NOAA Hurricane Research and Forecasting Model (HWRF) to Horizontal and Vertical Diffusion – J.-W. Bao, S. G. Gopalakrishnan, S. A. Michelson, F. Marks, and M. T. Montgomery

Hurricane Intensity Change and Inner-Core SST: Warmer is Not Always Better – Joseph J. Cione

Improving Tropical Cyclone Rapid Intensity Change Forecasts – Mark DeMaria, J. A. Knaff, A. B. Schumacher, and J. Kaplan

Diurnal Pulsing of Tropical Cyclones: An Overlooked Yet Fundamental TC Process? – Jason Dunion, C. Thorncroft, C. S. Velden, K. Emanuel, and D. S. Nolan

HWRFV3.2 System: Transition of the High-Resolution, Research Version of HWRF to Operations – Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan, V. Tallapragada, X. Zhang, S. B. Goldenberg, T. Quirino, K. Yeh, and F. Marks

Helical convective vortices in the hurricane boundary layer simulated with the University of Wisconsin Nonhydrostatic Modeling System (UW-NMS) – Zachary Gruskin, G. J. Tripoli, W. E. Lewis, J. Zhang, and F. D. Marks Jr.

The Experimental HWRF-HEDAS system: Using satellite and airborne observations from GRIP/PREDICT/IFEX to evaluate the model and to assess the impact of data assimilation – Svetla M. Hristova-VelevaS. Gopalakrishnan, T. Vukicevic, Z. S. Haddad, S. D. Aberson, T. Quirino, F. J. Turk, P. P. Li, B. W. Knosp, B. H. Lambrigtsen, S. L. Durden, and S. Tanelli

The Response of Quasi-Geostrophic Oceanic Vortices to Tropical Cyclone Forcing – Benjamin Jaimes, L. K. Shay and G. R. Halliwell Jr.

Assessing the predictability of tropical cyclone rapid intensification as a function of forecast lead-time using the SHIPS rapid intensification index – John Kaplan, C. M. Rozoff, C. R. Sampson, J. P. Kossin, C. S. Velden, M. DeMaria, and J. A. Knaff

Improving SFMR Surface Wind Measurements in Heavy Rain Conditions – Bradley W. Klotz, and E. W. Uhlhorn

Extending Operational HWRF Initialization to Triple-nest HWRF System – Qingfu LiuX. Zhang, S. Trahan, and V. Tallapragada

Analysis of the hurricane boundary layer kinematic structure using Doppler radar profiles – Sylvie Lorsolo, R. Rogers and P. Reasor

Can we hope to improve prediction of tropical cyclone intensity? – Frank D. Marks Jr., and T. Vukicevic

Observations of C-band brightness temperatures and ocean surface wind speed and rain rate from the Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD) during GRIP – Timothy L. Miller,  M. W. James, J. B. Roberts, C. D. Buckley, L. Jones, S. Biswas, C. May, C. S. Ruf, E. W. Uhlhorn, R. AtlasP. G. Black, and C. M. Albers

The Pre-Depression Investigation of Cloud Systems in the Tropics (PREDICT) Experiment: Scientific Basis, New Analysis Tools and Some First Results – Michael T. Montgomery

 Review of African Easterly Wave-Cyclogenesis Research and Challenges – Michael T. Montgomery

The Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT): Transitioning Research to Operations – Shirley T. Murillo, J. G. Jiing and C. W. Landsea

Spatial variation of surface drag coefficient in tropical cyclones – Mark Powell, L. Holthuijsen and J. Pietrzak

Structure and Evolution of Developing and Non-developing African Easterly Waves during NAMMA – Nelsie A. Ramos, S. D. Aberson and V. Morris

Environmental impacts on tropical cyclone structure and intensity diagnosed from airborne Doppler radar composites – Paul Reasor, R. F. Rogers and S. Lorsolo

NOAA’s Intensity Forecasting Experiment: Ongoing Work and 2010 Summary – Robert Rogers

Observations of the Inner-Core Structure of Rapidly Intensifying Tropical Cyclones – Robert Rogers, P. Reasor, S. Lorsolo, and J. Zhang

Resolving Loop Current and Eddy Variability For Coupled Intensity Forecast Models – Lynn K. (Nick) Shay, B. Jaimes, J. K. Brewster, P. C. Meyers, E. C. McCaskill, G. R. Halliwell Jr., and E. W. Uhlhorn

Operational Implementation of High-Resolution Triple-Nested HWRF at NCEP/EMC – A Major Step Towards Addressing Intensity Forecast Problem – Vijay Tallapragada,  Y. C. Kwon, Q. Liu, S. Trahan, Z. Zhang, E. Aligo, C. Kieu, W. Wang, J. Oconnor, R. E. Tuleya, S. Gopalakrishnan, X. Zhang, B. Lapenta, F. D. Marks Jr., and R. L. Gall

2012 HWRF: Challenges in Bringing a High-Resolution Model to Operations – Sam Trahan, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, S. G. Gopalakrishnan, V. Tallapragada, M. Page, and T. Quirino

Dynamical Boundary-Layer Depths in Hurricanes Derived from Surface Wind Observations – Eric W. Uhlhorn, M. Fischer, B. W. Klotz, and J. Zhang

Short-term dynamic forecast bias and its impact on vortex scale data assimilation – Tomislava Vukicevic, A. Aksoy, S. Aberson, K. Sellwood, and F. Marks

Influences of Large-Scale Climate on Whether Hurricanes Make Landfall in the United States – Chunzai Wang, H. Liu, S. K. Lee, and R. Atlas

Development of a regional hybrid variational/ensemble Kalman filter data assimilation system for tropical cyclones – Jeffrey Whitaker, H. Winterbottom, M. Tong, and T. Vukicevic

Observational estimates of turbulence characteristics in the low-level troposphere of intense hurricanes – Jun A. Zhang, M. T. Montgomery, F. D. Marks Jr., and S. Lorsolo

Design of Multiple Moving Nests in Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting Modeling System – Xuejin Zhang, S. G. Gopalakrishnan and S. Trahan

Microphysics data obtained by the DC-8 during GRIP in relation to near-coincident radar profiles of deep convection – Edward Zipser, A. Heymsfield, G. Heymsfield, R. Rogers, and S. Braun


Evolution of mass transport between the eye and eyewall of Hurricane Guillermo (1997) – Matthew D. Eastin, and P. Reasor

The Entropy Budget of Several 2010 Atlantic Hurricanes – Ana Juracic, and J. P. Dunion

Examining Surface Momentum Balance and Boundary Layer Conditions in Extreme Tropical Cyclones – Bradley W. Klotz, E. W. Uhlhorn, J. A. Zhang, and M. Fischer

Overview of the GOES-R Proving Ground Activities at National Hurricane Center  – John Knaff, M. DeMaria, D. W. Hillger, D. T. Lindsey, D. A. Molenar, J. L. Beven II, M. J. Brennan, H. D. Cobb III, R. Brummer, A. B. Schumacher, J. Dunion, K. K. Fuell, A. L. Molthan, and C. S. Velden

Development and Validation of a High-Resolution Hurricane Nature Run Using the ECMWF and WRF Models – David S. Nolan, K. Bhatia, R. M. Atlas, and L. R. Bucci

Does the tropical cyclone’s response to vertical wind shear depend on the near-core tangential wind structure? – Paul Reasor, and M. T. Montgomery

Friction Residual of the Near-Surface Momentum Budget at the Eyewall: Role of the Radial Momentum Transport – Eric W. Uhlhorn, and J. Zhang

On the low-level inner-core structure in relation to the environmental vertical wind shear – Jun A. Zhang, R. F. Rogers, P. D. Reasor, J. J. Cione, and E. W. Uhlhorn

Hurricane sea-surface inflow angle and an observation-based parametric model of the two-dimensional wind field – Jun A. Zhang, and  E. W. Uhlhorn