20th anniversary of the first operational synoptic surveillance mission with the NOAA G-IV

  On 14 July, 1997, Tropical Storm Claudette was moving northeastward offshore the east coast of the US.  Eager to test the new Gulfstream-IV (G-IV) jet aircraft and the new Global Positioning System dropwindsonde, the National Hurricane Center tasked the first-ever operational synoptic surveillance mission geared toward improving track forecasts. Initial condition differences in the […]

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HRD Scientists brief NOAA Aircraft Operations Center personnel on IFEX 2017, Lakeland, FL – 19 July 2017

Intensity Forecast Experiment (IFEX) Program Director Paul Reasor and HRD Director Frank Marks briefed the Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) personnel at their brand new facility at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on IFEX plans for 2017 and Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project progress, respectively. The two presentations are available in a .zip archive on the anonymous ftp […]

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HRD observation team monthly meeting – 15 June 2017

The purpose of the observation team meetings is to bring together the people who use observations in their research on a regular basis to discuss issues they’re having, provide updates on observations they’re analyzing or collecting, and any other information that may be of interest to the broader group.  These meetings are also an excellent […]

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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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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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HRD observation team monthly meeting – 20 April 2017

The purpose of the observation team meetings is to bring together the people who use observations in their research on a regular basis to discuss issues they’re having, provide updates on observations they’re analyzing or collecting, and any other information that may be of interest to the broader group.  These meetings are also an excellent […]

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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 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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HRD Seminar – Kelly Ryan, CIMAS and AOML/HRD, NSSL, Norman, OK – 10 February 2017

Kelly Ryan presented a seminar titled  “OSSE Evaluation of the Impact of Aircraft Observations on Hurricane Analyses and Forecasts” at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory NSSL. ABSTRACT Each year, NOAA/AOML’s Hurricane Research Division (HRD) conducts its Hurricane Field Program in which observations are collected via NOAA aircraft to improve the understanding and prediction of hurricanes. […]

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