Paper on turbulence near the ocean surface in Hurricane Rita released online the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences

Summary:Knowing what is happening in the boundary layer of a hurricane (the area from the ocean surface up to about 1 km height) is very important for making accurate forecasts of how strong the hurricane will get. But measuring temperature, moisture, and wind so close to the ocean surface is dangerous and difficult. In the …

Paper on the direct measurement of important air-sea interaction parameters in tropical cyclones published in the Journal of Geophysical Research

Summary:Friction is what happens when two things rub up against each other; when this happens, they release heat. When this happens in the atmosphere, we call it “dissipative heating.” Tropical cyclones (TCs) mainly gather energy from the warm ocean at the boundary layer, the region from the surface of the ocean to an altitude of …

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of August 2018

August’s science meeting consisted of five presentations: Andrew Kren - HAMSR retrieval assimilation in the GSI system Josh Wadler (UM/RSMAS)- A Characterization of Turbulent Kinetic Energy and its Generation in Idealized Tropical Cyclone Simulations Gus Alaka - The Basin-Scale HWRF: 2018 HFIP Real-Time Demos Miguel Cortez – Summer 2018 Nerto update Stan Goldenberg - August …

Paper on the new Doppler Wind Lidar on the NOAA Hurricane Hunters published in Remote Sensing

Summary: The warm ocean provides the energy for tropical cyclones to form and intensify. Knowing what is happening in the air immediately above this warm ocean (called the boundary layer) tells us how that energy gets into the air. So, it is important to know what is happening there to accurately predict how strong a …

HRD Debrief for missions into Tropical Storm Chris – 19 July 2018

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 4 P-3 missions into AL03 Tropical Storm Chris (8-9 July 2018). The agenda for the discussion was: Missions Overview (Jon Zawislak) Mission Summaries 20180708H1 TDR (Kelly Ryan) 20180708H2 TDR (Hui Christophersen) 20180709H1 TDR (Kelly Ryan) 20180709H2 TDR (Gus Alaka) Discussion Slides from the debrief are available at: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/pub/hrd/blog/meetings/2018/HFP/2018HFP_Chris_Debrief.pptx

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of July 2018

July’s science meeting consisted of four presentations: Erin Jones – Simulating Observations of Gravity Waves Radiating from Hurricanes Miguel Cortez - Summer 2018 Nerto Work Plan Sim Aberson – A comparison of track forecasts from NOAA’s GFS and ECMWF’s IFS for Hurricane Irma Jon Zawislak - 2018 NOAA/AOML/HRD Hurricane Field Program Intensity Forecast Experiment (IFEX) …

HRD Seminar – Prof. Mark Bourassa, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL – 25 June 2018

Prof. Bourassa presented a seminar titled “Ocean Applications of Satellite Measurements of Winds and Currents Through Ka-Band Scatterometry”. ABSTRACT: Ka-band scatterometry is of great use for a wide range of applications, and can be used to measure ocean surface winds and surface currents at relatively high resolution compared to traditional scatterometry.  The sensitivity to wind direction …