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HRD Director Frank Marks participates in the Pauline Morrow Austin Centenary Celebration, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1 December 2016

HRD Director Frank Marks gave an invited presentation at the Pauline (Polly) Austin Centenary Celebration, along with other former students of Mrs. Austin (as she was known to her students): Prof. Howie Bluestein, Prof. Robert Houze, Dr. Marilyn Wolfson, and … Continue reading

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35th anniversary of the publication first documenting the eyewall cycle in intense tropical cyclones

In February, 1982, The Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences published a ground-breaking study by Hugh Willoughby, Jean Clos, and Mohammed Shoreibah on what became to be known as the eyewall replacement cycle.  Using data obtained from NOAA P3 flights into … Continue reading

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45th Anniversary of African Easterly Wave paper

In the January 1972 issue of the Journal of Atmospheric Science, Robert W. Burpee (future director of HRD) published a paper explaining the mechanism by which African Easterly Waves (AEW) formed.  Using five years of upper-air data from above Africa, … Continue reading

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2017 Hurricane-related anniversaries

In 2017 we will be observing the following tropical cyclone-related anniversaries:  2012   5th anniversary Hurricane Sandy brings great destruction to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and northeastern US.   It causes $75 billion in damage, making it the second costliest Atlantic storm on … Continue reading

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HRD Seminar – Dr. Sim Aberson, AOML/HRD – 5 December 2016

Dr. Aberson presented a seminar titled  “Dropsondes in Hurricanes (1949 to the present)” Abstract: The history of the use of dropsondes in hurricanes will be presented with special emphasis on the achievements since the development and implementation of the NCAR GPS … Continue reading

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95th Anniversary of Tarpon Springs hurricane

On October 25th, a severe hurricane struck the Tampa area bringing a surge of 10 to 12 feet (3 to 3.5 m) in Tampa Bay. The storm originated somewhere in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, but was not detected until Oct. … Continue reading

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Frank Marks talks to the History News Network about Hurricane Matthew

You can read the article at http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/164176.

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20th Anniversary of Hurricane Lili

On October 18, 1996, Hurricane Lili slammed into Cuba with over 100 mph (160 km/hr) winds and heavy rains.  The storm, during its life cycle, would leave destruction from Central America to the British Isles. Lili formed from a tropical … Continue reading

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110th Anniversary of the Florida Keys hurricane

  On the morning of October 18, 1906, a severe hurricane swept through the Florida Keys and across south Florida, destroying homes, killing scores of people, and nearly killing a railroad. The storm’s tortuous path began as a disturbance moving … Continue reading

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70th Anniversary of Tampa Bay Hurricane

On October 8, 1946, a minimal hurricane stuck the Tampa Bay area.  It was the last recorded hurricane strike in that area. The storm was first formed at the end of a cold front in the western Caribbean Sea, near … Continue reading

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