Paper on measuring surface wind speed from hurricane hunter aircraft when it turns and rolls released online in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Summary: The Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR) is an instrument flown on the NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft that measures surface wind speed and how much rain is falling over the ocean in tropical cyclones.  Historically, the SFMR measurements have only been used when the aircraft is not turning or going up or down …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 9 AM ET

HRD is tasking the NOAA P-3 for tropical cyclone genesis research missions in the East Pacific, to/from Liberia, Costa Rica beginning on Wednesday. The P-3 will ferry to C.R. today, and missions are expected to continue through Saturday. The goal is to capture processes related to the formation, or non-formation, of a tropical cyclone in …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Thursday, September 20, 2018, 9 AM ET

Thursday, September 20, 2018 NOAA49: The NOAA G-IV will be flying a joint research mission for AOML/HRD and NOAA/NESDIS (National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service) objectives to validate atmospheric moisture and temperature profiles in the NOAA Unique Combined Atmospheric Processing System (NUCAPS) satellite product. Of particular interest is assessing the ability of NUCAPS to represent …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Friday, September 14, 2018, 12 PM ET

Friday, September 14, 2018 NOAA42: The P-3 will fly additional NHC tasked reconnaissance missions into Isaac. The P-3 departed Lakeland, FL at 9:30 AM EDT this morning for their mission into Tropical Depression Isaac, and will recover in St. Croix. An additional reconnaissance mission into Isaac is scheduled for takeoff from St. Croix at 11:30 PM EDT …

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of September 2018

September’s science meeting consisted of three presentations: Miguel Cortez (NERTO intern) – The impact of Global Hawk Dropsonde Data Assimilated in Both Global and Regional Forecast Models During Hurricane Harvey Jon Poterjoy (Maryland) - Research Applications for the Basin-Scale HWRF Data Assimilation and Forecasting System Andy Hazelton - FV3 Hurricane Nest (HFV3) Development and Analysis …