HRD Director, Frank Marks presents at NOAA’s 2017 Hurricane Season Awareness Webinar Series, 4 May 2017

The presentation was the first in a series of three webinars presented by NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Collaboration Team (SECART) in advance of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season by NOAA specialists from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), the Weather Prediction Center (WPC), the Southeast River Forecast Center […]

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Paper on the bumpy ride encountered by Hurricane Hunters in Hurricane Felix published in Monthly Weather Review

On September 2, 2007, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Hunter airplane flew into Hurricane Felix when it was a category-5 hurricane north of Venezuela. The aircraft measured wind speed of 163 kt (188 mph) at the ocean surface and an upward wind speed of 60 kt (69 mph), the fastest upward wind ever […]

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HRD Seminar – Kelly Ryan, CIMAS and AOML/HRD – 27 April 2017

Kelly Ryan presented a seminar titled  “Using OSSEs to Improve NOAA G-IV Synoptic Surveillance Targeting for Tropical Cyclones”. Abstract: Aircraft reconnaissance missions remain the only means of collecting direct measurements of marine atmospheric conditions affecting tropical cyclone formation and evolution. The National Hurricane Center tasks the NOAA G-IV aircraft to sample environmental conditions that may impact […]

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Paper on forecast improvements due to dropsonde data from the Global Hawk aircraft published in Monthly Weather Review

Starting in 2010, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have used the Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft that can fly at 65,000 feet for 24 hours at a time, to make observations in tropical cyclones. The Global Hawk can release dropsondes that measure temperature, humidity, pressure, and wind […]

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Paper on a new dropwindsonde that measures sea surface temperature released online in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Warm water provides the energy for tropical cyclones to form and intensify, and knowing the temperature of the water is important in predicting how strong a hurricane will become. Dropwindsondes are instruments that measure air temperature, moisture, pressure, and wind velocity as they fall toward the ocean after release from Hurricane Hunter aircraft, but they […]

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HRD researchers at 71st Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference/Tropical Cyclone Research Forum, Miami, FL – 14-16 March 2017

HRD and AOML scientists participated in the 71st Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference/Tropical Cyclone Operations and Research Forum. HRD scientists presented or were coauthors on 14 of the 45 presentations and 3 of the 10 posters. Shirley Murillo chaired the Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT) session and Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan chaired a panel discussion on “Research Supporting Operations: Current […]

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NOAA Hurricane Research overview for WMO Region IV Training Workshop, NHC – 27 February 2017

HRD researchers Frank Marks and Robert Rogers presented summaries of “NOAA’s Hurricane Research” and “Aircraft Observations of Tropical Cyclones” and how they are used in tropical cyclone research to the World Meteorological Organization Regional Association IV Training Workshop held in the National Hurricane Center media room. Copies of the two presentations are available on the […]

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HRD Monthly Science Meeting of March 2017

March’s science meeting consisted of 2 presentations: Lisa Bucci: P3DWL Observation Verification Jonathan Poterjoy: Getting the Most Out of Your Models and Observations: A Short Introduction to My Work All the presentations are available on the anonymous ftp site at: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/pub/blog/meetings/2017/Science/HRD_SciMeet_20170309.zip

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HRD Seminar – Prof. John Molinari, University of Albany/SUNY – 7 March 2017

Prof. Molinari presented a seminar on “Outflow Layer Influences on Tropical Cyclones”. A recording of the presentation (audio begins 1 min into recording) is available on the anonymous ftp site: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/pub/blog/seminars/2017/Molinari_HRD_Seminar_20170307.mp4

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HRD researchers contribute to new textbook on recent advances in tropical cyclone research

The book, co-edited by HRD scientist Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan, is based on a series of lectures by scientists from the US, India and Australia, at a workshop held in Bhubaneswar, India on 9-14 July 2012. It provides information on recent advances in tropical cyclone (hurricane and typhoon) observations, data assimilation (the process of getting these observations […]

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