Paper on the impact of new satellite wind velocity data on hurricane forecasts published in Monthly Weather Review

Summary: The CYclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) was launched into space on December 15, 2016, to improve hurricane (tropical cyclone) forecasts by measuring wind speed on the ocean surface. Since the tropical cyclones mostly occur over oceans where other wind data are usually not available, the new observations can measure their wind speeds. This …

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of August 2018

August’s science meeting consisted of five presentations: Andrew Kren - HAMSR retrieval assimilation in the GSI system Josh Wadler (UM/RSMAS)- A Characterization of Turbulent Kinetic Energy and its Generation in Idealized Tropical Cyclone Simulations Gus Alaka - The Basin-Scale HWRF: 2018 HFIP Real-Time Demos Miguel Cortez – Summer 2018 Nerto update Stan Goldenberg - August …

Paper on the impact of Global Hawk dropsondes data on global model forecasts released online in Weather and Forecasting

Summary: The Global Hawk, a drone or unmanned aircraft system (UAS), has been used since 2010 to gather data to improve forecasts. The Global Hawk can release dropsondes that measure temperature, pressure, humidity, and wind up to four times every second, starting at an altitude of up to 60,000 feet until it falls to the …

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 …

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 Scientists brief NOAA Aircraft Operations Center personnel on IFEX 2018, Lakeland, FL – 21 June 2018

Intensity Forecast Experiment (IFEX) Program Director Jon Zawislak and HRD Director Frank Marks briefed the Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) personnel at their brand new facility at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on IFEX plans for 2018 and Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project progress, respectively. The two presentations are available in a .zip archive on the anonymous ftp …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Sunday, July 8, 2018, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Sunday, July 8, 2018: NOAA42: The P-3 is completing an EMC-tasked mission into Tropical Storm Chris that took off at 4:30 AM ET. NOAA42: The P-3 is tasked by EMC to fly a TDR mission into Tropical Storm Chris. Takeoff is scheduled for 4:30 PM ET (2030 UTC) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Three HRD scientists …