Hurricane Field Program Update – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The NOAA P-3 completed its last mission into Hurricane Michael this morning, passing through the storm four times. As in the previous three missions, we provided critical measurements of the 3-D wind, precipitation, and thermodynamic (temperature and humidity) structure of the storm from our Doppler radar, dropsondes, and flight level measurements. The data was not … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hurricane Field Program Update – Monday, October 8, 2018, 10 AM ET

Monday, October 8, 2018: NOAA42:  The NOAA/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) has tasked the P-3 for operational missions into Hurricane Michael, currently located east of the Yucatan Peninsula. Take off from Lakeland, FL, will be at 4:00 PM EDT. Three HRD scientists will be on this mission. The flight track of the mission is shown below. … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update – Monday, October 8, 2018, 10 AM ET

30th Anniversary of Hurricane Gilbert

On September 16, 1988, Hurricane Gilbert made landfall at the Mexican city of La Pesca,Tamaulipas, with winds of 125 mph (200 km/hr).  It had already brought destruction upon the Yucatan peninsula and the Caribbean islands.  Along the way it set a new low-pressure record that would stand for 17 years. Gilbert was a classic Cape … Continue reading 30th Anniversary of Hurricane Gilbert

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Lane – 30 August 2018

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 4 G-IV and 4 P-3 missions into Central Pacific Hurricane Lane (19-23 August 2018) representing the first NOAA P-3 mission to fly a Central Pacific storm. The agenda for the discussion was: Agenda: Storm Overview (Jon Zawislak) Missions Overview (Jon Zawislak) Deployment Overview (Jon Zawislak) CPHC Feedback (Tom Birchard, … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Lane – 30 August 2018

HRD Scientists brief NOAA Aircraft Operations Center personnel on IFEX 2018, Lakeland, FL – 21 June 2018

Intensity Forecast Experiment (IFEX) Program Director Jon Zawislak 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 2018 and Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project progress, respectively. The two presentations are available in a .zip archive on the anonymous ftp … Continue reading HRD Scientists brief NOAA Aircraft Operations Center personnel on IFEX 2018, Lakeland, FL – 21 June 2018

2018 Hurricane Field Program now available

Since 1956, the Hurricane Research Division has carried out an annual field program in which data on Atlantic hurricanes is collected from a variety of platforms, primarily NOAA aircraft.  Since the early 1970s plans for particular experiments were documented prior to the start of the season, to better allocate resources and personnel. This year's plan … Continue reading 2018 Hurricane Field Program now available

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

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 … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of March 2018

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

2017 Hurricane Field Program summary

AOML's Hurricane Research Division (HRD) ran its 2017 Hurricane Field Program from July 27th through October 27th and accomplished many of the objectives set for this busy hurricane season.  In addition to carrying out Tail Doppler Radar (TDR) missions in coordination with NOAA's Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), HRD flew the Analysis of Intensification Processes Experiments … Continue reading 2017 Hurricane Field Program summary