AOML and HRD researchers at 32nd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Juan, Puerto Rico – 10-14 April 2016

Twenty-three AOML and HRD scientists participated in the recent 32nd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology in San Juan, PR, as authors or co-authors on 36 presentations and 11 posters. Roughly 650 presentations (452 oral presentations in 70 sessions and 196 posters in 2 session) were submitted to the conference.

Of the 440 TC-related presentations and posters at the conference, 205, or about 46%, used data sets developed at HRD. There were 4 regular sessions and 1 poster session dedicated to HFIP with 34 presentations, plus another 50 presentations sprinkled throughout 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 model system developments.

Recordings of the 36 presentations and the abstracts for the 11 posters AOML and HRD researchers presented (or were co-authors) at the Conference are available online from the AMS website. Links to some of the posters can also be found below:

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  1. Extreme Low-Level Downdrafts in Tropical Cyclones Measured by DropwindsondesSim D. Aberson; and K. Hansen
  2. Assessing the Value of the Coyote UAS Platform and Observations from the Perspective of Tropical Cyclone Data Assimilation and PredictionAltug Aksoy; J. Cione, H. Christophersen, and B. Dahl
  3. Investigating Major Hurricane Joaquin Track Forecasts using the Basin-Scale HWRFGhassan J. Alaka Jr.; X. Zhang, S. G. Gopalakrishnan, and F. D. Marks Jr.
  4. Impact Of CYGNSS Data On Hurricane Analyses And Forecasts In A Regional OSSE Framework – Bachir Annane; D. McNoldy, J. Delgado, L. Bucci, R. Atlas, and S. J. Majumdar
  5. Hurricane Outflow Jet Features Documented by Global Hawk Dropsondes and Satellite AMVs During HS3 as Targets for Future SHOUT OperationsPeter G. Black, SAIC/NRL, Monterey, CA; J. Dunion, S. A. Braun, and S. Velden
  6. Telescopic Nesting and Impact on Hurricane Forecast Skill – Thomas Black, NOAA/NWS/EMC, College Park, MD; S. Trahan, Y. C. Kwon, V. Tallapragada, X. Zhang, S. Gopalakrishnan, Z. Janjic, Z. Zhang, and D. Jovic
  7. The TROPICS smallsat tropical cyclone mission: High Temporal Resolution Microwave Imagery as Part of NASA’s Third Earth Venture-Instrument (EV-I3) ProgramWilliam Blackwell, Lexington, MA; S. Braun, R. Bennartz, C. Velden, M. DeMaria, J. Dunion, R. Rogers, R. Atlas, and F. Marks
  8. Impacts of an Airborne Doppler Wind Lidar on Tropical Cyclone Analyses and ForecastsLisa Bucci; G. D. Emmitt, J. A. Zhang, Christophersen, K. Ryan, C. O’Handley, A. Aksoy, B. Dahl, and R. Atlas
  9. Ensemble Forecast of Hurricane Edouard (2014) – Hua Chen; R. F. Rogers and S. Gopalakrishnan
  10. Initial assessment of NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft remote sensing observationsHui Christophersen; J. Dunion, A. Aksoy, and B. Dahl
  11. Impact of Global Hawk Observing Strategies on Vortex-Scale Tropical Cyclone Forecasts in an OSSE Framework – Brittany Dahl; H. Christophersen, A. Aksoy, and J. Dunion
  12. Evaluation of Uniformly High-Resolution Hurricane Forecasts Using NMM-B – Javier Delgado; Gopalakrishnan, R. Atlas, T. Quirino, and S. W. Diaz
  13. HNMMB: Weaving the Proven Successes of HWRF into the NEMS FrameworkSteven W. Diaz; T. Quirino, S. Gopalakrishnan, V. Tallapragada, W. Wang, NOAA/NWS/EMC, College Park, MD, Q. Liu, L. Zhu, T. Black, M. Pyle, X. Zhang, J. Delgado, B. Liu, and S. Trahan
  14. Further Evidence of the Tropical Cyclone Diurnal CycleJason Dunion; C. Thorncroft, S. Velden, D. Nolan, B. W. Klotz, and B. A. Dahl
  15. The Influence of Saharan Air Layers on Atlantic Basin Tropical Cyclone Intensity (1987-2008)Evan B. Forde; and G. J. Alaka Jr.
  16. Estimates of Tropical Cyclone Surface Wind Inflow from Satellite Scatterometers – Ralph C. Foster, APL, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; J. Zhang and P. Black
  17. Automated Quality Control and Analysis Methods for Real-Time and Research Processing of NOAA Airborne Doppler Radar Data – John F. Gamache; P. Reasor, P. P. Dodge, S. Otero, J. W. Hill, and F. Marks
  18. Underwater Glider Observations in the Caribbean Sea and tropical North Atlantic Ocean in Support of Tropical Cyclone Studies – Gustavo Goni; R. Domingues, F. Bringas, J. Morell, G. R. Halliwell Jr., S. K. Lee, S. Kim, L. Pomales, and J. Dong
  19. A Multi-Scale Modeling System for Improved Hurricane PredictionSundararaman Gopalakrishnan; V. Tallapragada, X. Zhang, T. Quirino, F. Marks, and R. Atlas
  20. Examining Trends in Satellite-Detected Overshooting Tops as a Potential Predictor of Tropical Cyclone Genesis – Sarah M. Griffin, CIMSS/University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; C. S. Velden, J. P. Dunion, and A. B. Schumacher
  21. The Importance of Accurately Representing the Surface Momentum Flux Driving Upper Ocean Currents for Coupled Hurricane Prediction – R. Halliwell Jr; L. K. Shay, J. Dong, and H. S. Kim
  22. Wave and Wind Direction Effects on Ocean Surface Emissivity MeasurementsHeather M. Holbach, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL; E. W. Uhlhorn and M. A. Bourassa
  23. The fall speeds and ice water paths of small and large ice species in Hurricane Arthur (2014)Evan A. Kalina; S. Y. Matrosov, F. D. Marks Jr., J. J. Cione, D. E. Kingsmill, M. M. Bell, R. A. Black, J. C. Hubbert, W. C. Lee, J. Vivekanandan, P. P. Dodge, and R. F. Rogers
  24. Investigating the Variability in Skill of Statistical RI Prediction Models – John Kaplan; DeMaria and C. M. Peirano
  25. Ocean Model Impact Study for Coupled Hurricane Forecasting: An HFIP InitiativeHyun-Sook Kim, EMC, College Park, MD; and G. R. Halliwell Jr., V. Tallapragada, P. G. Black, S. Chen, J. J. Cione, I. Ginis, B. Liu, L. Miller, S. Jayne, E. R. Sanabia, L. K. Shay, E. W. Uhlhorn, and L. Zhu
  26. Evaluation Of The HWRF Radius Of Maximum Wind Using Doppler Radar Analyses – Frank Marks; J. Sellwood and S. Abarca
  27. Evaluation of the Impact of CYGNSS Wind Speed Data on Tropical Cyclone Structure Analyses and Forecasts in a Regional OSSEBrian McNoldy , Univ. of Miami/RSMAS, Miami, FL; B. Annane, J. Delgado, L. Bucci, R. Atlas, and S. Majumdar
  28. Simulation of the Downshear Reformation of a Tropical Cyclone – Leon Nguyen; and E. Molinari
  29. Evaluation of the NOAA Gulfstream-IV Tail Doppler Radar in Tropical Cyclones – Paul Reasor; F. Gamache, P. P. Dodge, and A. S. Goldstein
  30. Observations of the structure and evolution of Hurricane Edouard (2014) during intensity change: Kinematic structure and the distribution of deep convection – Robert F. Rogers; J. A. Zhang, J. Zawislak, G. R. Alvey III, E. J. Zipser, and H. Jiang
  31. OSSE Evaluation of Potential Aircraft Reconnaissance Flight Patterns and their Impact on Hurricane Forecasts – Kelly Ryan
  32. The Impact of NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Observations on HEDAS Surface Wind AnalysesKathryn Sellwood; W. Klotz, B. Annane, A. Aksoy, J. Dunion, H. Christopherson, and B. Dahl
  33. SHOUT – Assessing the Utility of Unmanned Aircraft for Improving Operational Forecasts of Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones – Gary A. Wick, NOAA/ESRL/PSD, Boulder, CO; R. E. Hood, J. P. Dunion, M. L. Black, P. M. Kenul, and J. J. Coffey
  34. Observations of the structure and evolution of Hurricane Edouard (2014) during intensity change: Relationship between the thermodynamic structure and precipitationJonathan Zawislak, Florida International University, Miami, FL; R. Alvey III, R. F. Rogers, J. A. Zhang, E. J. Zipser, and H. Jiang
  35. Effects of boundary layer vertical diffusion on forecasts of tropical cyclone rapid intensification – Jun A. Zhang; R. F. Rogers, V. Tallapragada, and W. Wang
  36. The Importance of Storm-storm Interactions in the Real-time Tropical Cyclone Forecast System – Xuejin Zhang; J. Alaka Jr. and S. G. Gopalakrishnan
  37. Impact of Sub-Grid Scale Processes on Eyewall Replacement Cycle of Tropical Cyclones in HWRF System – Ping Zhu, Florida International University, Miami, FL; Z. Zhu, S. Gopalakrishnan, R. A. Black, F. Marks, V. Tallapragada, J. A. Zhang, X. Zhang, and C. Gao


  1. Secondary eyewall dynamics as captured by an unprecedented array of GPS dropsondes deployed into Edouard 2014 – Sergio Abarca, EMC/NCEP/NOAA, College Park, MD; and M. T. Montgomery, S. A. Braun, and J. P. Dunion
  2. Influence of Simulated Space-based Doppler Wind Lidar on TC Analyses and Forecasts – Lisa Bucci; S. J. Majumdar, R. Atlas, G. D. Emmitt, H. Greco, and S. A. Wood
  3. Sensitivity of hurricane intensity and structure to planetary boundary layer height in HWRF ensemble forecasts – Hua Chen; J. A. Zhang, S. G. Gopalakrishnan, and Z. Zhang
  4. The Tropical Cyclone Genesis Index (TCGI)Jason Dunion; J. Kaplan, A. B. Schumacher, J. Cossuth, D. Musgrave, and P. Leighton
  5. Saharan Air Layer Dust Loading: Effects on Convective Strength in Tropical Cloud Clusters – Randall J. Hergert, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; and J. M. Collins, J. P. Dunion, and C. H. Paxton
  6. Performance of the Revised SFMR Algorithm: 2015 Season in ReviewBradley W. Klotz; W. Uhlhorn, A. S. Goldstein, and I. PopStefanija
  7. Further Studies of Observational Undersampling in Flight-level and SFMR ObservationsBradley W. Klotz, NOAA/HRD, Univ. of Miami/CIMAS, Miami, FL; and D. S. Nolan and E. W. Uhlhorn
  8. The Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project Awards – An Integral Step Toward Research-to-Operations at the National Weather ServiceDaniel Melendez, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD; F. Toepfer, V. Tallapragada, F. Marks, R. Gall, S. Gopalakrishnan, N. Lett, C. Hedge, and M. DeMaria
  9. Typhoon Kinematic and Thermodynamic Boundary Layer Structure from Dropsonde Composites – Jie Ming, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China; J. A. Zhang and R. F. Rogers
  10. Airborne Observation of Vertically-Sheared Hurricane Danny (2015) – Paul Reasor
  11. Novel measurements of Sea Surface Temperature in Tropical Cyclones obtained from GPS dropsonde – Jun A. Zhang; J. Cione, E. A. Kalina, E. Uhlhorn, T. Hock, and J. A. Smith