50th Anniversary of TAFB

In July of 1967, as part of a reorganization of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Tropical Analysis Center, predecessor of the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB), was formed.  This reorganization, overseen by Dr. Bob Simpson who was scheduled to become NHC director the next year, also separated NHC from the Miami Weather Bureau […]

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60th Anniversary of Hurricane Audrey

In the morning hours of June 27, 1957, Hurricane Audrey sent a 12-foot (3.7-m) storm surge over Cameron, Louisiana, as the storm lashed the area with 125 mph (205 km/hr) winds. Many residents were caught by surprise and had not evacuated, and the storm took some 400 lives. Audrey was an unusual June storm.  It […]

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65th Anniversary of Typhoon Marge flight

On August 15, 1951, Robert Simpson flew aboard an instrumented B-29 into the eye of Typhoon Marge.  Marge was a large tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds estimated at 115 mph (185 km/hr) during the flight.  Simpson had flown into several Atlantic hurricanes by this time, mostly on what he called ‘piggyback missions’ on Air […]

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60th Anniversary of inaugural NHRP flight

On August 13, 1956, an Air Force B-50 made the first research flight of the National Hurricane Research Project (NHRP) into Hurricane Betsy.  The Project had been organized by the U.S. Weather Bureau in response to the devastating 1954 hurricane season.  Congress had authorized funding in August 1955, and the Project team had gathered at […]

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Gil Clark, hurricane specialist, passes on

Gilbert Clark, 93, long-time hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center, died on Monday, August 8, 2016.  Clark was well-respected among hurricane scientists for his forecasting ability and his willingness to mentor meteorological students.  He was also well-known to the public for his often trenchant observations about hurricanes in newspapers and on radio and television. […]

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Neal Dorst appeared at Books & Books Coral Gables 9 May “Hurricane Pioneer: Memoirs of Bob Simpson”

On Saturday May 9th at 5 PM, Neal Dorst of the Hurricane Research Division addressed a dozen people at Books & Books in Coral Gables, reading excerpts from “Hurricane Pioneer: Memoirs of Bob Simpson”.  The readings were preceded by a meeting of the Greater Miami chapter of the American Meteorological Society and was followed by […]

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Bob Simpson autobiography now available from the American Meteorological Society

In 1951, Robert (Bob) Simpson rode a plane directly into the eyewall of a typhoon—just one of his many pioneering exploits. Bob and his wife Joanne are meteorological icons, particularly among tropical meteorologists: Bob was the first director of the National Hurricane Research Project (1955–1959), and a director of the National Hurricane Center (1967–1974). Along […]

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Bob Simpson passes away at 102

It is with a heavy heart that we note the death of HRD’s founding director, Dr. Robert H. Simpson at the age of 102. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Bob Simpson survived the 1919 hurricane that struck his hometown when he was just 6 years old. After receiving a Master’s degree in Physics […]

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102nd Anniversary of Bob Simpson’s birth

Today we send congratulations to Dr. Bob Simpson on his 102nd birthday.  Bob was the first director of the National Hurricane Research Project (NHRP) which eventually became the Hurricane Research Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Atmospheric Laboratory.  In addition to being a pioneer in the field of tropical cyclone research, he and his late […]

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