50th Anniversary of Hurricane Debbie seeding

Hurricane Debbie’s eye as seen from ESSA DC-6 On August 18th and 20th, 1969 Hurricane Debbie was subjected to a seeding experiment as part of Project STORMFURY.  STORMFURY was a joint Navy and Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA was the predecessor of NOAA) project to test the hypothesis that seeding hurricanes with silver iodide would … Continue reading 50th Anniversary of Hurricane Debbie seeding

HRD Seminar – Jonathan Martinez, Colorado State University – 20 August 2019

Jonathan presented a two-part seminar with titles; Part I: "Axisymmetric Potential Vorticity Evolution of Hurricane Patricia (2015)" and Part II: "On the Contributions of Incipient Vortex Circulation and Environmental Moisture to Tropical Cyclone Expansion”. Part I: Axisymmetric Potential Vorticity Evolution of Hurricane Patricia (2015) Abstract Operational numerical models failed to predict the record-setting rapid intensification and … Continue reading HRD Seminar – Jonathan Martinez, Colorado State University – 20 August 2019

HRD observation team monthly meeting – 15 August 2019

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 … Continue reading HRD observation team monthly meeting – 15 August 2019

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Barry – 9 August 2019

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 5 P-3 missions into Hurricane Barry, AL02 (10-12 July 2019). The agenda for the discussion was: Agenda: Missions Overview (Jon Zawislak) Deployment Overview (Jon Zawislak) 190710H1 (Rob Rogers) 190711H1 (Frank Marks) 190711H2 (Rob Rogers) 190712H1 (Frank Marks) 190712H2 (Rob Rogers) EMC (Henry Winterbottom) Slides from all presentations are … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Barry – 9 August 2019

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of August 2019

August’s science meeting consisted of three presentations: Lidia Cucurull - "An overview of the Global Observing Systems Analysis Group (GOSA)" Andy Hazelton - "HAFSB Performance for TS Barry and Invest 96L" Ghassan 'Gus' Alaka - "AOML Hurricane Model Viewer Demonstration" The three presentations are available on the anonymous ftp site at: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/pub/blog/meetings/2019/Science/HRD_SciMeet_20190808.zip

Paper on how tropical cyclones in shear intensify released online in Geophysical Review Letters

Summary: Tropical cyclones (TCs) are made up of thunderstorms (what we call convection), and these storms have strong winds moving up and down (what we call up- and downdrafts). Dry air enhances evaporative cooling (the same process that cools people when they sweat) from convective downdrafts, reducing the temperature and humidity in low levels; this … Continue reading Paper on how tropical cyclones in shear intensify released online in Geophysical Review Letters

HRD Seminar – Kelly Nuñez Ocasio, NERTO and Pennsylvania State University – 19 July 2019

Kelly presented a seminar titled “PV budget analysis on high resolution simulations to understand the interaction of AEWs with associated convection". Abstract: The role of convection and associated potential vorticity  (PV) generation have been shown to be significant in the evolution of African Easterly Waves (AEWs); however, how the evolving AEWs lead to tropical cyclogenesis … Continue reading HRD Seminar – Kelly Nuñez Ocasio, NERTO and Pennsylvania State University – 19 July 2019

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of July 2019

July’s science meeting consisted of two presentations: Hua Leighton: Revisit of Microphysics Observation Paige Brown (Stanford University): Low-cost, Altitude Controlled Latex Balloon for Mapping Atmospheric Data The two presentations are available on the anonymous ftp site at: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/pub/blog/meetings/2019/Science/HRD_SciMeet_20190711.zip