35th Anniversary of first Synoptic Flow mission

On September 14, 1982, NOAA42 flew the first Synoptic Flow Experiment around Hurricane Debby.  The idea behind the experiment was to fly a large-scale pattern around a hurricane while releasing dropwindsondes at regular intervals.  This would create a three-dimensional map of the winds steering the storm.  The data would be entered into hurricane track forecast … Continue reading 35th Anniversary of first Synoptic Flow mission

35th Anniversary of Hurricane David’s Florida landfall

On September 3, 1979, Hurricane David, one of the most destructive and deadly Atlantic hurricanes on record, made a glancing landfall on south Florida after its devastating rampage through the Caribbean.  David had seemed to be aimed to make landfall in  either Dade or Broward counties but just hours before impact swerved to the right … Continue reading 35th Anniversary of Hurricane David’s Florida landfall

35th Anniversary of Men’s name added to Atlantic hurricane lists

Women's names have been used for Atlantic hurricanes since 1953, but the practice had always been controversial. In 1978, the responsibility for the name lists was transferred from the U.S. Government to delegates of the World Meteorological Organization's Region IV Hurricane Committee.  The Carter Administration, in response to pressure from feminist groups, requested the Committee … Continue reading 35th Anniversary of Men’s name added to Atlantic hurricane lists