Michael Black’s ashes released into Hurricane Michael

On July 14, 2017, AOML was saddened by the loss of Michael Black, a long-term research meteorologist with the Hurricane Research Division (HRD). Michael passed away unexpectedly at 62 years of age. He was a valued friend and colleague whose pioneering research on Doppler radar and the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) dropsondes paved … Continue reading Michael Black’s ashes released into Hurricane Michael

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of February 2019

February’s science meeting consisted of four presentations: Paul Reasor - "Estimating Wind Radii from Tail Doppler Radar" John Kaplan - "Gust Factor Distributions in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a Preliminary Analysis Michael Fischer - "Characteristics of Tropical Cyclone Rapid Intensification Events in Environments of Upper-Tropospheric Troughs" Xiaomin Chen - "Structural Changes Leading to Rapid Intensification … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of February 2019

HRD Seminar – Dr. Anthony Didlake, Pennsylvania State University – 11 February 2019

Prof. Didlake presented a seminar titled “Asymmetric aspects of secondary eyewall formation in tropical cyclones”. A recording of the presentation is available on the anonymous ftp site: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/pub/blog/seminars/2019/Didlake_HRD_Seminar_20190211.mp4

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of December 2018

December’s science meeting consisted of seven presentations: Dave Raymond: "The Organization of Tropical East Pacific Convection (OTREC) Field Campaign" Xuejin Zhang: "Development of Hurricane Analysis and Forecasting System" Rob Rogers: "Summary of the 2018 HFP-IFEX" Dr. Chris Barnett: "Overview of JPSS Atlantic/SAL Field Campaign Activities" Gus Alaka: "Verification of the 2018 Basin-Scale HWRF" Michael Fischer: … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of December 2018

Paper on the Doppler Wind Lidar, a new instrument to measure wind from hurricane hunter aircraft, published in the journal Sensors

Summary: A new instrument, called an airborne Doppler Wind Lidar (ADWL, for short), was flown on NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft into two storms during 2016. This instrument measures winds above and below the plane. The ADWL measures wind where radar on the aircraft cannot: the radar can measure the wind where there are clouds or … Continue reading Paper on the Doppler Wind Lidar, a new instrument to measure wind from hurricane hunter aircraft, published in the journal Sensors

Paper on the impact of using Hurricane Hunter data in the HWRF model published in Monthly Weather Review

We studied how Hurricane Hunter aircraft observations can improve tropical cyclones forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast (HWRF) model. Important Conclusions: Hurricane Hunter aircraft data generally improve HWRF forecasts. These improved forecasts are mainly in weak storms, since, without the data, HWRF often forecast storms that are too … Continue reading Paper on the impact of using Hurricane Hunter data in the HWRF model published in Monthly Weather Review

John Gamache wins NOAA Administrator’s Award

John Gamache is part of a group that has won the NOAA Administrator's Award for outstanding effort in the design, fabrication, and validation of the next-generation airborne dual-Doppler weather radar system.  Others in the group are Conrad L. Ziegler (Meteorologist, National Severe Storms Laboratory), William J. Greene (Electronics Engineer, Aircraft Operations Center/ Data and Development Section), … Continue reading John Gamache wins NOAA Administrator’s Award

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Michael – 26 October 2018

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 6 P-3 and 3 G-IV missions into Hurricane Michael, AL14 (8-10 October 2018). The agenda for the discussion was: Agenda: Missions Overview (Jon Zawislak) Deployment Overview (Jon Zawislak) 20181008H1 (Kelly Ryan) 20181009H1 (Rob Rogers) 20181009N2 (Jason Dunion/ John Kaplan) 20181009H2/Coyote (Kelly Ryan) 20181010H1 (Rob Rogers/ Jon Zawislak) EMC … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Michael – 26 October 2018