25th Anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Motion 1990 project

TCM-90 area of operations with rawindsonde sites and ship positions. (BAMS)

TCM-90 area of operations with rawindsonde sites and ship positions. (BAMS)

Starting on August 1, 1990, and running for the next twenty days, the Office of Naval Research, NASA, and international partners staged the Tropical Cyclone Motion 1990 (TCM-90) project.    Located in the western Pacific, researchers from the United States, Soviet Union, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines sought to improve the forecasting of tropical cyclone motion using ships, satellites, and NASA’s DC-8.

Papers written about TCM-90

Russell L. Elsberry, 1990: International Experiments to Study Tropical Cyclones in the Western North Pacific. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 71, 1305–1316.

David W. Titley and Russell L. Elsberry, 2000: Large Intensity Changes in Tropical Cyclones: A Case Study of Supertyphoon Flo during TCM-90. Mon. Wea. Rev., 128, 3556–3573.

Paul H. Dobos, Richard J. Lind, and Russell L. Elsberry, 1995: Surface Wind Comparisons with Radar Wind Profiler Observations near Tropical Cyclones. Wea. Forecasting, 10, 564–575.