Paper on how tropical storms do (or don’t) organize thunderstorms around the center to intensify published in Monthly Weather Review

It has been believed that tropical cyclones are likely to strengthen when strong thunderstorms (called convection) almost completely surround the storm's center. In order to better understand what prevents this convection from surrounding the storm’s center in some storms (but not others), this study analyzes data collected on NOAA aircraft flights in two storms that …

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria – Part 1 – 4 October 2017

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 8 P-3 and 8 G-IV missions into Hurricane Irma (3-8 September 2017). The agenda for the discussion was: Missions Overview (Reasor) Science Discussions 20170903H1 TDR (Jon Zawislak) 20170904H1 TDR (Rob Rogers) 20170904H2 TDR (Jon Zawislak) 20170905H1 TDR (Rob Rogers) 20170905H2 TDR (Jon Zawislak) 20170908H1 TDR (Jon Zawislak) 20170908H2 …

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Harvey – 1 September 2017

HRD researchers discussed the results from the four P-3, four G-IV, and one Global Hawk mission into Hurricane Harvey (23-25 August 2017). The agenda for the discussion was: Missions Overview (Paul Reasor) Science Discussions 20170824H1 TDR (Robert Rogers) 20170824H2 TDR (Jon Zawislak) 20170825H1 TDR (Robert Rogers) 20170825H2 TDR/OceanWinds (Jon Zawislak) Additional Field Program Issues HWRF …

HRD Seminar – Dr. David Ryglicki, Naval Research Laboratory – 17 August 2017

Dr. Ryglicki presented a seminar titled  “The Kinematics of Rapidly Intensifying Hurricanes in Moderate Vertical Wind Shear”. Abstract: A select group of tropical cyclones (TCs) which unexpectedly undergo rapid intensification in moderate vertical wind shear are identified, analyzed, and modeled. Geostationary satellite and reanalysis data are used to identify features and environmental parameters of these TCs. …

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Franklin – 15 August 2017

HRD researchers discussed the results from the two P-3 and one Global Hawk mission into Hurricane Franklin (8-9 August 2017). The agenda for the discussion was: Mission Overview (Reasor) Science Discussions 20170808H1 (Zawislak) 20170809H1 (Rogers) EMC input (Sippel) Additional field program issues Slides from the debrief are available at: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/pub/hrd/blog/meetings/2017/HFP/franklin17_debrief_main.pptx  

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of August 2017

August’s science meeting consisted of 5 presentations: Jason Sippel: "Examining impact of recon in operational HWRF" Steve Diaz: "Demonstration of solver-independent regridding operation for a moving hurricane nest" Joe Cione: "Infrared Sea Surface Temperature Measurements from Hurricane Edouard (2014) using GPS dropsondes" John Kaplan: "Hurricane Franklin (2017): A Preliminary Look from a Global Hawk-P3 Perspective" …

HRD Scientists brief NOAA Aircraft Operations Center personnel on IFEX 2017, Lakeland, FL – 19 July 2017

Intensity Forecast Experiment (IFEX) Program Director Paul Reasor 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 2017 and Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project progress, respectively. The two presentations are available in a .zip archive on the anonymous ftp …

Two part paper on convective bursts in hurricanes published in Monthly Weather Review

These two papers analyze extreme upward air currents, called “convective bursts,” in hurricanes that have been believed to be important for hurricane intensification. We use the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model to look at convective bursts in two hurricanes: Hurricane Dean from 2007 and Hurricane Bill from 2009. In the first paper, we study …