20th anniversary of the first operational synoptic surveillance mission with the NOAA G-IV

  On 14 July, 1997, Tropical Storm Claudette was moving northeastward offshore the east coast of the US.  Eager to test the new Gulfstream-IV (G-IV) jet aircraft and the new Global Positioning System dropwindsonde, the National Hurricane Center tasked the first-ever operational synoptic surveillance mission geared toward improving track forecasts. Initial condition differences in the […]

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HRD Seminar – Dr. Alan Brammer, University of Albany/SUNY – 18 July 2017

Dr. Brammer presented a seminar titled  “Tropical Cyclogenesis from African Easterly Waves: Observations and Predictability”. A recording of the presentation is available on the anonymous ftp site: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/pub/hrd/blog/seminars/2017/Brammer_HRD_Seminar_20170718.mp4

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HRD Scientists brief NOAA Aircraft Operations Center personnel on IFEX 2017, Lakeland, FL – 19 July 2017

Intensity Forecast Experiment (IFEX) Program Director Paul Reasor 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 2017 and Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project progress, respectively. The two presentations are available in a .zip archive on the anonymous ftp […]

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Paper on a field program during 2015 that sampled hurricanes in cooperation with NOAA released online in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

You can read about it at http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0055.1.

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Paper on accounting for the location of dropwindsondes during measurements released online in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Summary: Hurricane Hunter aircraft have been releasing instruments called dropwindsondes to measure pressure, temperature, moisture, and wind speed and direction in hurricanes for two decades. Data from dropwindsondes released near the storms have led to better forecasts of where they will go, but improvements to forecasts of how strong they will get have lagged. Part […]

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HRD begins Tropical Weather Map Discussions

NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division is beginning its daily map discussions on Monday, July 17th in support of its 2017 Hurricane Field Program. These discussions are led by scientists that report on the tropical weather and any features that are of interest for flight missions. We invite our remote collaborators to attend our daily discussions weekdays at […]

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170th Anniversary of Barbados hurricane warning system

In July of 1847, William Reid, Royal Governor of Barbados, inaugurated a hurricane warning system on that island.  As a colonel of the Royal Engineers, Reid had been assigned to Barbados to rebuild barracks destroyed by a hurricane in 1831.  Seeing the vast destruction left by the storm spurred an interest in Reid, and he […]

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HRD Monthly Science Meeting of July 2017

July’s science meeting consisted of 6 presentations: Steve Guimond (NASA) – “Reviving the Imaging Wind and Rain Airborne Profiler (IWRAP) for Hurricane Research: A Case Study of Hurricane Rita (2005)” Mu-Chieh (Laura) Ko – “Preliminary Review – HWRF-B 2016 Retrospective Dataset” Robert Rogers – “The Challenge of Intensity Forecasting in Moderate Shear” Emily Paltz (Hollings […]

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515th Anniversary of Columbus’ hurricane encounter

On June 30, 1502, during his fourth voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus and his fleet sought shelter from a hurricane.  While his fleet survived, a Spanish treasure fleet heading for home fared far worse. During his previous voyages to the Caribbean, Columbus had learned of the terrible storms that frequented the area.  The […]

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15th Anniversary of Super Typhoon Chataan

Over the period of June 27-July 2, 2002, a developing tropical system, later to become Super Typhoon Chataan, dumped heavy rains on the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) causing the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the Chuuk Islands (previously known as the Truk Islands). The disturbance formed from a monsoonal trough that had […]

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