Dr. Aberson presented a seminar titled “Dropsondes in Hurricanes (1949 to the present)”
The history of the use of dropsondes in hurricanes will be presented with special emphasis on the achievements since the development and implementation of the NCAR GPS dropwindsonde 20 years ago. The GPS dropwindsonde revolutionized the science of hurricanes. Though originally developed as part of a program to improve numerical forecasts, it spurred development of targeting and data assimilation techniques to optimize data gathering. Most importantly, the instrument provided the first detailed look at the kinematics and dynamics of tropical cyclones, especially in the eyewalls near the most intense systems.
A recording of the presentation is available on the anonymous ftp site: