NOAA Hurricane Hunters fly into and around Fred, Grace, and Henri, and gear up for the next system

NOAA Hurricane Hunters completed 6 missions into Tropical Storm Fred, and 11 and 7 missions in and around Hurricanes Grace and Henri, respectively. The first mission into Fred occurred before the system had a well-defined center and was not yet named a tropical depression. Subsequent missions sampled the dry air and wind shear around Fred … Continue reading NOAA Hurricane Hunters fly into and around Fred, Grace, and Henri, and gear up for the next system

HRD scientists participate in the 34th American Meteorological Society Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

34th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology Virtual Meeting The 34th AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology was held virtually 10-14 May after being postponed from 2020. This is the premiere meeting for operational and research scientists who work on understanding and forecasting tropical cyclones and other tropical weather around the world. HRD scientist … Continue reading HRD scientists participate in the 34th American Meteorological Society Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

AOML reviews science conducted during Hurricane Hunter missions into Laura

Hurricane scientists at AOML provided guidance and data support for National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) tasked reconnaissance into Hurricane Laura, identifying critical information about the system’s location, development, and intensification. Beginning on August 20th, 11 P-3 and 6 G-IV missions were conducted, capturing the complex lifecycle of Laura until its eventual … Continue reading AOML reviews science conducted during Hurricane Hunter missions into Laura

Learn about hurricane dynamics and physics research at AOML

Image of the sea surface from the NOAA Hurricane Hunter P3 aircraft. The destructive potential of a hurricane is governed by its interaction with the environment and physical processes internal to the storm. Researchers at AOML use a variety of tools to better understand how phenomena from the larger environmental scale down to the cloud … Continue reading Learn about hurricane dynamics and physics research at AOML

HRD Debrief for missions into EP95/Pre-Ivo in collaboration with OTREC – 3 March 2020

HRD researchers and our collaborators from the NSF-sponsored Organization of Tropical Eastern Pacific Convection (OTREC) experiment discussed the results from the 4 P-3 and 3 NCAR G-V HIAPER missions into EP95 which eventually became Hurricane Ivo in the Eastern Pacific. IFEX flew 4 P-3 missions from Liberia, Costa Rica into the disturbance that became Ivo, … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into EP95/Pre-Ivo in collaboration with OTREC – 3 March 2020

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Dorian – 30 January 2020

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 15 P-3 and 10 G-IV missions into Hurricane Dorian, AL05 (26 August - 5 September 2019). The format of the debrief was different than in the past. A brief overview is provided of the storm and missions, followed by a series of 8 short presentations discussing planned and … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Dorian – 30 January 2020

Paper on differences in rainfall between tropical disturbances that form into tropical cyclones and those that don’t published in Monthly Weather Review

Summary: Many weather satellites are outfitted with instruments that can see through clouds to sense where and how hard it is raining (the rain rate), and how much of the rain is occurring in deep convective clouds (cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds that form when warm air rises). They can also see tropical disturbances, which are usually … Continue reading Paper on differences in rainfall between tropical disturbances that form into tropical cyclones and those that don’t published in Monthly Weather Review

2019 Hurricane Field Program Season in Review and Hotwash, 13 November 2019

The purpose of the season review and "hotwash" is to review the highlights from the season and discuss what went right / what went wrong / and what could be done better in the future with respect to Hurricane Field Program operations/plans/logistics, as well as provide feedback to AOC about the aircraft and their operations. … Continue reading 2019 Hurricane Field Program Season in Review and Hotwash, 13 November 2019

Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, September 20, 2019, 5pm EDT

NOAA49 will conduct a tropical cyclone in shear research in and around Hurricane Jerry.  Takeoff will be from Barbados at 1330 AST (1730 UTC), with recovery in Lakeland about 8 hours later.  NOAA42 will be conducting an operational INVEST mission into AL99 just to the east of the Windward Islands, with takeoff at 1030 AST … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, September 20, 2019, 5pm EDT