NOAA completes historic missions into Hurricanes Earl, Fiona, and Ian

Despite the late start to the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane season, NOAA Hurricane Hunters have been very busy flying operational and research missions into and around Hurricanes Earl, Fiona, and Ian during the last few weeks. The crew of NOAA42 before a flight. Credit: Holly Stahl NOAA/AOML HRD scientist Kathryn Sellwood analyzing dropsonde data during the … Continue reading NOAA completes historic missions into Hurricanes Earl, Fiona, and Ian

NOAA Researchers fly a series of missions into Hurricane Ian

Outer rainband of Hurricane Ian as seen from NOAA 43 "Miss Piggy" Scientists from NOAA's Hurricane Research Division and NOAA's National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service have flown a series of missions into Hurricane Ian from the time it was a tropical depression in the eastern Caribbean. On board both NOAA P3s (Kermit & … Continue reading NOAA Researchers fly a series of missions into Hurricane Ian

Study on tropical cyclone forecast improvements due to data from the new Aeolus satellite released online in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

Summary: The Atmospheric Dynamics Mission - Aeolus was launched into space in August 2018, by the European Space Agency. It is the first satellite capable of observing wind velocity around the world from the surface to 30 km above. This study describes the impact of incorporating these wind observations into computer weather models on tropical cyclone … Continue reading Study on tropical cyclone forecast improvements due to data from the new Aeolus satellite released online in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

Some photographs inside the eye of Hurricane Fiona as it intensified to a category-4 hurricane

NOAA continues to fly missions into Hurricane Fiona as it moves northward away from the Caribbean Sea and intensifies into a dangerous Category-4 hurricane. During a P-3 flight on the afternoon of 20 September, the crew captured some great images inside the eye of the hurricane. Photographs inside the eye of Hurricane Fiona showing the … Continue reading Some photographs inside the eye of Hurricane Fiona as it intensified to a category-4 hurricane

NOAA flight captures intensifying Fiona

Eyewall of Hurricane Fiona as seen from Miss Piggy (NOAA43) On the night of September 19th, 2022, NOAA Hurricane Hunter "Miss Piggy" penetrated the eyewall of Hurricane Fiona as it emerged from the northern coast of Hispañola. The researchers onboard captured data of an intensifying storm as it moved toward the Turks and Caicos Islands. … Continue reading NOAA flight captures intensifying Fiona

Study that uses buoy and tower data to improve how models forecast the interaction between the atmosphere and ocean in tropical cyclones published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans

Modeling the interaction between the atmosphere and the ocean is important for accurate forecasting of tropical cyclones, especially their intensities.  Because these interactions are so complex, we typically model these interactions using what we call parameterizations to estimate what is really happening.  One parameter, the drag coefficient, is the resistance between motions in the atmosphere … Continue reading Study that uses buoy and tower data to improve how models forecast the interaction between the atmosphere and ocean in tropical cyclones published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans

Happy International Cloud Appreciation Day!

As NOAA begins flights into Tropical Storm Fiona, we want to celebrate the first International Cloud Appreciation Day. Sponsored by the Cloud Appreciation Society, this is an internationally recognized day when people around the world are encouraged to spend a few moments appreciating the beauty of the sky. We thought we'd share some of the … Continue reading Happy International Cloud Appreciation Day!

Meet HRD scientist Rob Rogers

Meet Rob Rogers, Lead Meteorologist of AOML’s Hurricane Research Division Observations Team.  Rob Rogers aboard a Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Image credit: Rob Rogers/AOML/NOAA Rob researches the physical processes underlying tropical cyclone structure and intensity change using airborne observations and numerical models. He is one of many scientists who fly aboard NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter aircraft to support … Continue reading Meet HRD scientist Rob Rogers