HRD scientists attend Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program Annual Meeting

Last week, researchers from HRD attended the 2022 Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP) Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida.  Group photo of some of the participants of the 2022 HFIP Annual Meeting, both in person and virtually.  The primary objective of this meeting was to discuss key HFIP strategies including advances to NOAA's next-generation Hurricane Analysis and Forecast … Continue reading HRD scientists attend Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program Annual Meeting

Paper describing the forecast techniques available to National Hurricane Center specialists published in Weather and Forecasting

This manuscript describes  the development of a set of simpler models (referred to as the National Hurricane Center guidance suite) that are currently utilized by the National Hurricane Center both for the forecasting of tropical cyclone track, intensity, and structure and for assessing the skill of other more sophisticated numerical models.  A description of the … Continue reading Paper describing the forecast techniques available to National Hurricane Center specialists published in Weather and Forecasting

NOAA deploys new Altius drone into the eye of Hurricane Ian

Altius-600 uncrewed aircraft system being released from the NOAA WP-3D Orion Hurricane Hunter aircraft during a test flight in June 2022. Watch the video here. NOAA hurricane researchers have added a new tool to their toolbox. For the first time, an Area-I Altius-600 uncrewed aircraft system was deployed into a hurricane by scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic … Continue reading NOAA deploys new Altius drone into the eye of Hurricane Ian

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

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

NOAA aircraft examine tropical disturbance for signs of development

Cockpit of NOAA 43 as it flies into the disturbance In late August 2022, both NOAA P-3s and its G-IV jet are engaging in a series of missions to examine an area of disturbed weather over the tropical Atlantic. As part of the Impact of Targeted Observations on Forecasts (ITOFs) project scientists are examining such … Continue reading NOAA aircraft examine tropical disturbance for signs of development

Thirtieth anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s landfall in South Florida

Hurricane Andrew made landfall on August 24, 1992, near Homestead, Florida, becoming one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in U.S. history. It had an extremely low central pressure of 922 millibars and maximum sustained wind speeds estimated at 165 miles per hour. The storm rapidly intensified less than 36 hours before landfall, leaving most residents less … Continue reading Thirtieth anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s landfall in South Florida

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of August 2022

August's science meeting consisted of three presentations: Henry Winterbottom (ESRL/PSL): "Simulating Tropical Cyclones Within the Unified Forecast System (UFS): The Impacts of Nesting and TC Relocation" Stanley Goldenberg: "August Update for NOAA’s Outlook for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Methodology and Forecast" Sim Aberson and Shirley Murillo: "The NOAA Research Publication Tracking System and HRD" … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of August 2022