2018 Hurricane-Related Anniversaries

In 2018 we will observe the following tropical cyclone-related anniversaries. 2013 5th anniversary Despite preseason forecasts for an active hurricane season this year sees the fewest Atlantic hurricanes since 1982 and the first season since 1968 with no Category 2 hurricanes of higher. Hurricane Manuel strikes the Pacific coast of Mexico, causing 123 deaths and …

HRD celebrates Howie Friedman’s 57 years of federal service

  HRD and friends celebrated Howie Friedman's 57-year federal career February 13.  Howie served as the long-time deputy director of HRD.  He started his meteorology career studying at New York University, where he received his B.A. from the University College of Arts and Sciences in 1960 and his M.S. from the Graduate School of Engineering …

HRD mourns tropical meteorologist T. N. Krishnamurti

HRD recently learned of the passing of Professor T. N. Krishnamurti, Professor emeritus at the Florida State University Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Professor Krishnamurti was born Tiruvalam Natarajan Krishnamurti in India in 1932 and holds a B.A. degree in physics from Delhi University and an M.A. degree in meteorology from Andhra University …

10th Anniversary of Aerosonde flying into hurricane-force winds

On November 2, 2007, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Aerosonde flew into Tropical Storm Noel.  This marks the first time a UAV flew into an Atlantic tropical cyclone while encountering hurricane-force winds. The flying probe was produced by the Australian-based Aerosonde Pty Ltd. (now Textron Systems) which had been manufacturing sensors since 1995.  It reached …

70th Anniversary of the first hurricane seeding experiment

On the afternoon of October 13, 1947, an Air Force B-17 aircraft penetrated a hurricane 415 miles (667 km) east of Jacksonville and dumped several pounds of crushed dry ice into the storm, just to see what would happen.  This was the first attempt to modify a tropical cyclone by seeding it with freezing nuclei.  …

35th Anniversary of first airborne Doppler radar measurements made in a tropical cyclone

On September 14, 1982, while NOAA42 was flying the first Synoptic Flow experiment, NOAA43 was taking the first Doppler radar readings from an aircraft in a tropical cyclone. The flight into Hurricane Debby was designed to fly several legs into and out of the eye, forming triangular areas where the radar scans would overlap from …

35th Anniversary of first Synoptic Flow mission

On September 14, 1982, NOAA42 flew the first Synoptic Flow Experiment around Hurricane Debby.  The idea behind the experiment was to fly a large-scale pattern around a hurricane while releasing dropwindsondes at regular intervals.  This would create a three-dimensional map of the winds steering the storm.  The data would be entered into hurricane track forecast …