Jason Dunion wins 2018 Banner I. Miller Award

HRD's Jason Dunion, along with colleagues Chris Thorncroft, and Chris Velden, were presented with the prestigious Banner I. Miller Award at the AMS's 33rd Hurricane and Tropical Meteorology Conference for their paper "The tropical cyclone diurnal cycle of mature hurricanes".  The work was cited for "identifying a fundamental process in tropical cyclones and elegantly defining …

HRD researchers at 72nd Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference/Tropical Cyclone Research Forum, Miami, FL – 13-15 March 2018

HRD and AOML scientists participated in the 72nd Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference/Tropical Cyclone Operations and Research Forum. HRD  and AOML scientists presented or were coauthors on 8 of the 39 presentations. Jason Sippel chaired the two Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT) sessions, Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan chaired a panel discussion on “Recent and Planned Improvements in Modeling Capability”, and …

HRD employees honored with Andrew Awards for going above-and-beyond during Hurricane Irma

AOML's Diversity, Inclusion & You (DIY) group honored employees who went above-and-beyond their regular duty during Hurricane Irma's impact on their homes and families last September.  Among those honored were a number of HRD employees: Jonathan A. Zawislak, Bradley W. Klotz, Heather M. Holbach, Lisa R. Bucci:  For exceptional professionalism and dedication to NOAA’s mission, …

HRD Seminar – Dr. Michael Vellinga, Met Office, United Kingdom – 12 March 2018

Dr. Vellinga presented a seminar titled “The impact for tropical storm forecasts of upgrades to UK Met Office prediction systems”. Abstract The past two years have seen various upgrades to the UK Met Office's operational prediction systems, including a near-doubling of horizontal resolution in the global deterministic forecast model to 10 x 12km. I will …

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of March 2018

March’s science meeting consisted of four presentations: Josh Wadler, UM/RSMAS: Downdrafts and the Evolution of Boundary Layer Thermodynamics in Hurricane Earl (2010) Before and During Rapid Intensification Ghassan Alaka: Evaluation of Track Spread in Hurricane Joaquin (2015) Heather Holbach: Dropsonde Wind Speed Comparison to SFMR at Coyote Flight Levels Kelly Ryan-Poterjoy: Coyote Thermodynamic Verification using …

NOAA Hurricane Research overview for WMO Region IV Training Workshop, NHC – 26 February 2018

To demonstrate how tropical cyclone research is used to improve forecast guidance HRD researchers Drs. Frank Marks, Robert Rogers, and Jason Sippel presented summaries of “NOAA’s Hurricane Research”, “Aircraft Observations of Tropical Cyclones”, and  "Tropical Cyclone Modeling and Data Assimilation"  to the World Meteorological Organization Regional Association IV Training Workshop held in the National Hurricane …

HRD celebrates Howie Friedman’s 57 years of federal service

  HRD and friends celebrated Howie Friedman's 57-year federal career February 13.  Howie served as the long-time deputy director of HRD.  He started his meteorology career studying at New York University, where he received his B.A. from the University College of Arts and Sciences in 1960 and his M.S. from the Graduate School of Engineering …

HRD & AOML researchers at 98th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX – 7-11 January 2018

Abstracts and recordings of  the 27 presentations and 9 posters AOML & HRD researchers presented (or were co-authors) at the 98th AMS Annual Meeting are available online from the AMS website: Presentations: Karina Apodaca, M. Zupanski, L. Cucurull, and M. Hu - Implementation of the GOES-16 GLM Lightning Assimilation into the NCEP/GSI System for Improved …

HRD Seminar – Dr. Sean PF Casey, CIMAS and AOML/HRD – 15 February 2018

Dr. Casey presented a seminar titled "Geostationary Hyper-Spectral Sounder (Geo-HSS) Constellation:  A Global Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) Assessment". Abstract Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) can provide quantitative assessments of potential impacts of new observation sources, without the instrument actually being built in some cases. This presentation describes the set-up of global-scale OSSEs, from the …

HRD Seminar – Scott B. Sieron, Pennsylvania State University – 12 February 2018

Scott presented a seminar titled  “Mesoscale tropical cyclone model EnKF data assimilation of all-sky satellite radiances: advancing from IR to microwave”. Abstract Development with the WRF tropical cyclone configuration and EnKF data assimilation system at Penn State is ongoing towards supporting the direct assimilation of top-of-atmosphere microwave emission observations in all sky conditions. These observations relate …