515th Anniversary of Columbus’ hurricane encounter

On June 30, 1502, during his fourth voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus and his fleet sought shelter from a hurricane.  While his fleet survived, a Spanish treasure fleet heading for home fared far worse. During his previous voyages to the Caribbean, Columbus had learned of the terrible storms that frequented the area.  The …

HRD observation team monthly meeting – 15 June 2017

The purpose of the observation team meetings is to bring together the people who use observations in their research on a regular basis to discuss issues they’re having, provide updates on observations they’re analyzing or collecting, and any other information that may be of interest to the broader group.  These meetings are also an excellent …

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of June 2017

June’s science meeting consisted of 7 presentations: Brad Klotz - "Guidance on Observational Undersampling over the Tropical Cyclone Lifecycle" Pete Black - "Coordinating the the Global Hawk (NASA, NOAA, EPOCH) with the HRD AIPEX module (HFP)" Jon Zawislak and Heather Holbach - "Data Display, Archival, and Legacy (DDAL)" Leon Nguyen - "Science Motivation for Analysis …

Paper on the new basin-scale version of HWRF developed at HRD published in Weather and Forecasting

The Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting Model (HWRF) has become an important tool for both hurricane forecasters and researchers. The current HWRF has three domains around only one tropical cyclone. Its inner domain makes forecasts on a grid with points 2 km apart and follows the tropical cyclone during the forecast. During hurricane season in …

Paper on a preliminary test of the impact of data from a new satellite published in the Marine Technology Society Journal

Summary:  The new National Aeronautics and Space Administration CYclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) measures wind speed on the ocean surface. Because hurricanes happen over oceans where other wind data are usually not available, these new observations may be useful in pinpointing their positions and intensities. This study examines whether CYGNSS wind information will improve …