Small, unmanned aircraft flies into rapidly intensifying Hurricane Michael

  NOAA scientists flew multiple missions into Hurricane Michael in the days before landfall, closely observing the rapid intensification of the storm. Their tools included a small unmanned aircraft, called the Coyote, which flew into the strongest winds of the eyewall as the storm intensified to a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. NOAA has … Continue reading Small, unmanned aircraft flies into rapidly intensifying Hurricane Michael

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 – Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 1 PM ET

Tuesday, October 9, 2018: NOAA42:  The NOAA/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) has tasked the P-3 for an operational mission into Hurricane Michael. Take off from Lakeland, FL will be at 4:00 PM EDT. Four HRD scientists will be on this mission. The flight track of the mission is shown below. The goal is to collect Doppler … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update – Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 1 PM ET

Hurricane Field Program Update – Thursday, September 20, 2018, 9 AM ET

Thursday, September 20, 2018 NOAA49: The NOAA G-IV will be flying a joint research mission for AOML/HRD and NOAA/NESDIS (National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service) objectives to validate atmospheric moisture and temperature profiles in the NOAA Unique Combined Atmospheric Processing System (NUCAPS) satellite product. Of particular interest is assessing the ability of NUCAPS to represent … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update – Thursday, September 20, 2018, 9 AM ET

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

AOML and HRD researchers at 33rd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Ponte Vedra, FL – 15-20 April 2018

Thirty-one AOML and HRD scientists participated in the recent 33rd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology in Ponte Vedra, FL, as authors or co-authors on 65 presentations and 19 posters. Roughly 783 presentations (507 oral presentations in 67 sessions and 276 posters in 2 session) were submitted to the conference. Of the 567 TC-related presentations … Continue reading AOML and HRD researchers at 33rd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Ponte Vedra, FL – 15-20 April 2018

Hurricane Season is approaching!

With the start of the 2018 hurricane season less than two weeks away, HRD and AOML employees have been engaging in several outreach opportunities to promote hurricane preparedness and enhance public understanding of the role of research in improving hurricane forecasts. From May 10th to the 12th, NOAA's AOML, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, and Miami … Continue reading Hurricane Season is approaching!

HRD Researchers receive 2018 Aviation Week Laureate Award

The Raytheon/NOAA Coyote UAV team, including HRD researchers Dr. Joe Cione, Kelly Ryan, Dr. Altug Aksoy, Brittany Dahl and Dr. Jun Zhang, received the 2018 AviationWeek Laureate Award in the Defense category for Dual Use.  AviationWeek's Laureate Awards  recognize the extraordinary achievements of individuals and teams in aviation, aerospace, and defense. Their accomplishments embody the spirit of … Continue reading HRD Researchers receive 2018 Aviation Week Laureate Award

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