Paper on the Doppler Wind Lidar, a new instrument to measure wind from hurricane hunter aircraft, published in the journal Sensors

Summary: A new instrument, called an airborne Doppler Wind Lidar (ADWL, for short), was flown on NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft into two storms during 2016. This instrument measures winds above and below the plane. The ADWL measures wind where radar on the aircraft cannot: the radar can measure the wind where there are clouds or … Continue reading Paper on the Doppler Wind Lidar, a new instrument to measure wind from hurricane hunter aircraft, published in the journal Sensors

Paper on the tropical cyclone diurnal cycle as seen in a forecast model released online in Monthly Weather Review

Summary: As tropical cyclones (TCs) move across the oceans, they begin to expand each day around sunset, with clouds reaching hundreds of miles from the center by the following afternoon. This daily “exhale” of the clouds is a feature of what we call the TC diurnal cycle. This study looks at the this cycle in … Continue reading Paper on the tropical cyclone diurnal cycle as seen in a forecast model released online in Monthly Weather Review

Paper on possible improvements to forecasts from additional radio-occultation satellite data published in Monthly Weather Review

Summary: The Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) are a set of satellites that were launched in 2006 and orbit the earth about 500 miles above ground. They use radio signals from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites in a process called “radio occultation” to measure temperature and moisture with high accuracy every 100 … Continue reading Paper on possible improvements to forecasts from additional radio-occultation satellite data published in Monthly Weather Review

Paper on the impact of using Hurricane Hunter data in the HWRF model published in Monthly Weather Review

We studied how Hurricane Hunter aircraft observations can improve tropical cyclones forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast (HWRF) model. Important Conclusions: Hurricane Hunter aircraft data generally improve HWRF forecasts. These improved forecasts are mainly in weak storms, since, without the data, HWRF often forecast storms that are too … Continue reading Paper on the impact of using Hurricane Hunter data in the HWRF model published in Monthly Weather Review

HRD Seminar – Dr. Yair Cohen, California Institute of Technology – 13 November 2018

Dr. Cohen presented a seminar titled “Gradient Non-Balance: A new approach for the outflow at the top of Tropical Cyclones: Theory, models and observations". ABSTRACT: The gradient non-balance is a flow-regime in which the gradient wind balance has no solutions or a given pressure map. This occurs only around a high pressure center, when the … Continue reading HRD Seminar – Dr. Yair Cohen, California Institute of Technology – 13 November 2018

Paper on how getting turbulence correct in forecast models can improve intensity forecasts in sheared storms released online in Monthly Weather Review

Summary:  Though tropical cyclones (TCs) are usually hundreds of miles across, the strongest wind occurs in gusts that can be smaller than 100 yards across, or the size of a football field. We call features that cover such a small area the “turbulent scale.” Other features that are important in forecasting TCs can be as … Continue reading Paper on how getting turbulence correct in forecast models can improve intensity forecasts in sheared storms released online in Monthly Weather Review

John Gamache wins NOAA Administrator’s Award

John Gamache is part of a group that has won the NOAA Administrator's Award for outstanding effort in the design, fabrication, and validation of the next-generation airborne dual-Doppler weather radar system.  Others in the group are Conrad L. Ziegler (Meteorologist, National Severe Storms Laboratory), William J. Greene (Electronics Engineer, Aircraft Operations Center/ Data and Development Section), … Continue reading John Gamache wins NOAA Administrator’s Award

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Michael – 26 October 2018

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 6 P-3 and 3 G-IV missions into Hurricane Michael, AL14 (8-10 October 2018). The agenda for the discussion was: Agenda: Missions Overview (Jon Zawislak) Deployment Overview (Jon Zawislak) 20181008H1 (Kelly Ryan) 20181009H1 (Rob Rogers) 20181009N2 (Jason Dunion/ John Kaplan) 20181009H2/Coyote (Kelly Ryan) 20181010H1 (Rob Rogers/ Jon Zawislak) EMC … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Michael – 26 October 2018