Hurricane Season is approaching!

Lisa Bucci explains the history of dropsondes.

With the start of the 2018 hurricane season less than two weeks away, HRD and AOML employees have been engaging in several outreach opportunities to promote hurricane preparedness and enhance public understanding of the role of research in improving hurricane forecasts.

Rick Lumpkin of AOML’s Physical Oceanography Division explains the longevity of ocean-borne waste.

From May 10th to the 12th, NOAA’s AOML, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, and Miami National Weather Service Forecast Office (NWSFO) joined forces with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School, the Miami Sequarium, and MAST Academy to sponsor an Open House.  Area school children and members of the public were invited to our Laboratory to find out the latest in weather and ocean research.  Each division set up a station where instruments used by scientists were on display and the researchers themselves explained their work and its benefit to everyone.

The Laboratory hosted 859 visitors, including 618 students from across Miami-Dade County over the three days.

Steve Diaz explains the COYOTE probe to children.

Then On May 19th, AOML and HRD scientists participated in the “Eye of the Storm” hurricane preparation  expo organized by FIU’s International Hurricane Research Center and held at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale.  John Zawislak, Steve Diaz, Erica Rule, Frank Marks, Stan Goldenberg, Neal Dorst, and Kristina Kiest manned a booth where they described the use of expendables in researching tropical cyclones and the latest trends in storm research.  The booth was next to one manned by employees of the National Hurricane Center and the Miami NWSFO.

Pablo Santos of the National Weather Service explains hurricane preparedness.