Paper on the new Doppler Wind Lidar on the NOAA Hurricane Hunters published in Remote Sensing

Summary: The warm ocean provides the energy for tropical cyclones to form and intensify. Knowing what is happening in the air immediately above this warm ocean (called the boundary layer) tells us how that energy gets into the air. So, it is important to know what is happening there to accurately predict how strong a …

Paper on calculating and using wind speed and direction from the new NASA CYclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) released online in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Summary:  The NASA CYclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) measures wind speed, but not direction, at the ocean surface. To test the impact of new observations before such a satellite system is launched, observations like those from the satellite are created from a weather model. This study uses these “simulated” observations to learn how to …

Paper on combining satellite data and data from the Global Hawk aircraft to improve forecasts published in Weather and Forecasting

Summary: Because satellites are observing the weather all the time, there are almost always satellite data available around hurricanes or tropical cyclones (TCs). On the other hand, Hurricane Hunter aircraft can only reach TCs when the storms are near land and when airplanes and crews are available. When Hurricane Hunter missions are planned, the regular …

Seventy-fifth Anniversary of first hurricane eye penetration

On July 27, 1943, U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. Joseph B. Duckworth made the first deliberate flight into the eye of a hurricane.  This historic event inaugurated the era of aircraft reconnaissance into tropical cyclones which greatly enhanced our understanding and forecasting of these storms. Duckworth was an Eastern Air Lines pilot prior to World War …

HRD Debrief for missions into Tropical Storm Chris – 19 July 2018

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 4 P-3 missions into AL03 Tropical Storm Chris (8-9 July 2018). The agenda for the discussion was: Missions Overview (Jon Zawislak) Mission Summaries 20180708H1 TDR (Kelly Ryan) 20180708H2 TDR (Hui Christophersen) 20180709H1 TDR (Kelly Ryan) 20180709H2 TDR (Gus Alaka) Discussion Slides from the debrief are available at: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/pub/hrd/blog/meetings/2018/HFP/2018HFP_Chris_Debrief.pptx

HRD observation team monthly meeting – 19 July 2018

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 becomes a recipient of the NOAA Preserve America Initiative Internal Funding Program (PAIIF)

The NOAA Preserve America Initiative Internal Funding Program (PAIIF) recently announced the recipients of the 2018 funding initiative.   The chosen projects demonstrate the concept of using heritage to communicate NOAA’s messages and contemporary issues that are of relevance to the American public today.  The projects represent current issues facing the nation and NOAA:  sustainable …

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of July 2018

July’s science meeting consisted of four presentations: Erin Jones – Simulating Observations of Gravity Waves Radiating from Hurricanes Miguel Cortez - Summer 2018 Nerto Work Plan Sim Aberson – A comparison of track forecasts from NOAA’s GFS and ECMWF’s IFS for Hurricane Irma Jon Zawislak - 2018 NOAA/AOML/HRD Hurricane Field Program Intensity Forecast Experiment (IFEX) …