Jason Sippel and Frank Marks participate in the National Tropical Weather Conference

The National Tropical Weather Conference was held on South Padre Island 6-9 April. Alex Garcia, a television meteorologist with San Antonio's KABB-TV, is one of the founders of the conference. "The idea for the National Tropical Weather Conference came about when the Bahamas Weather Conference ended," Garcia said. "There was no organized effort to educate … Continue reading Jason Sippel and Frank Marks participate in the National Tropical Weather Conference

HRD Seminar – Dr. Hua Leighton (CIMAS/HRD) – 24 March 2022

Dr. Leighton presented a seminar titled “Characterizing Raindrop Size Distributions Observed in Hurricanes”. ABSTRACT: One of the main applications of radar measurements is to estimate rainfall rate based on its power-law relationships with radar reflectivity. Different relationships have been obtained for different weather scenarios. Hurricanes, in comparison with other severe weather systems, have a much longer … Continue reading HRD Seminar – Dr. Hua Leighton (CIMAS/HRD) – 24 March 2022

HRD scientists participate in the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2021

The American Geophysical Union is holding their annual Fall Meeting 13-17 December in New Orleans, and also online. Every year, the Fall Meeting unites >25,000 attendees from 100+ countries in the Earth and space sciences community to discuss findings, connect scientists from around the world, advance the profession and connect over passion for the impact … Continue reading HRD scientists participate in the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2021

Frank Marks and Sim Aberson win awards for excellence and outstanding contributions to NOAA and the community

HRD Director Frank Marks received the Joanne Simpson Tropical Meteorology Research Award from the American Meteorological Society. The award is granted to researchers who make outstanding contributions to advancing the understanding of the physics and dynamics of the tropical atmosphere. Frank was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the understanding and prediction of tropical cyclones … Continue reading Frank Marks and Sim Aberson win awards for excellence and outstanding contributions to NOAA and the community

Paper on NOAA’s new hurricane forecast models published in Weather and Forecasting

We tested two developmental versions of a new forecast model for tropical cyclones being developed by NOAA. Track forecasts from the AOML version were better than NOAA’s current operational models, and intensity forecasts showed promise as well. In particular, the models correctly predicted rapid intensification (when a tropical cyclone’s maximum sustained wind speed increases by … Continue reading Paper on NOAA’s new hurricane forecast models published in Weather and Forecasting

Study on improving tropical cyclone forecasts by improving the way turbulence near the surface is modeled highlighted in EOS

Editors’ Highlights are summaries of recent papers by AGU’s journal editors. Read the highlight at https://eos.org/editor-highlights/hurricane-forecast-improvement-with-better-turbulent-processes. Read more about this study at https://noaahrd.wordpress.com/2021/09/30/study-on-improving-tropical-cyclone-forecasts-by-improving-the-way-turbulence-near-the-surface-is-modeled-published-in-the-journal-of-geophysical-research/. For more information, contact aoml.communications@noaa.gov.