Homestead commemorates 30th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew

On August 27, 2022, the City of Homestead in conjunction with the Cybrarium and Town Hall Museum will host a commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew. The Category 5 hurricane had profound effects on Homestead, the Air Force Base, and the people of southern Miami-Dade County. AOML's Hurricane Research Division will participate in … Continue reading Homestead commemorates 30th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew

Thirtieth anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s landfall in South Florida

Hurricane Andrew made landfall on August 24, 1992, near Homestead, Florida, becoming one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in U.S. history. It had an extremely low central pressure of 922 millibars and maximum sustained wind speeds estimated at 165 miles per hour. The storm rapidly intensified less than 36 hours before landfall, leaving most residents less … Continue reading Thirtieth anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s landfall in South Florida

Frank Marks participates in WeatherBrains podcast – 8 August 2022

HRD director Frank Marks participated in WeatherBrains podcast 864 to discuss the Lakeland High School Weather Club's impact on the field of meteorology in the U.S.. In October 1967, Weatherwise magazine ran an article entitled, “Meteorology at Lakeland High School,” about an advanced high school Weather Club, and in January 2022 Weatherwise provided a 55 year … Continue reading Frank Marks participates in WeatherBrains podcast – 8 August 2022

HRD scientists participate in the 101st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is the world’s largest yearly gathering for the weather, water, and climate community. It brings together great minds from a diverse set of scientific disciplines – helping attendees make career-long professional contact and life-long friends while learning from the very top people in the atmospheric sciences. The 101st AMS Annual Meeting took place virtually … Continue reading HRD scientists participate in the 101st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

In Memoriam: Dr. James “Doc” McFadden

NOAA Aircraft Operations Center Programs Chief Dr. James McFadden aboard NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N42RF during a media event and public open house at the Salina (Kansas) Regional Airport on May 14, 2019. Colleagues, family, and friends mourn the passing on Sept. 28, 2020, of Dr. James “Doc” McFadden, a dedicated public servant who, over the course of … Continue reading In Memoriam: Dr. James “Doc” McFadden

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of May 2020

May's science meeting consisted of six presentations: Michael Fischer: An examination of local shear, vortex tilt, and tropical cyclone intensity change using airborne radar observations Erica Bower: Towards an Automated Approach to Analyzing Extreme Precipitation and Tropical Cyclones Hua Leighton: Ice Particle Size Distributions from Composites of Microphysics Observations Collected in Tropical Cyclones Laura Ko: … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of May 2020

50th Anniversary of Hurricane Debbie seeding

Hurricane Debbie’s eye as seen from ESSA DC-6 On August 18th and 20th, 1969, Hurricane Debbie was subjected to a seeding experiment as part of Project STORMFURY.  STORMFURY was a joint Navy and Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA, the predecessor of NOAA) project to test the hypothesis that seeding hurricanes with silver iodide would disrupt … Continue reading 50th Anniversary of Hurricane Debbie seeding

50th Anniversary of Hurricane Camille

On the night of August 17-18th, 1969, Hurricane Camille came howling into Waveland, MS, with estimated sustained winds of 175 mph (280 km/hr) and a storm surge of 24 feet (7.3 m) to become the second strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the United States (after the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935).  Camille also … Continue reading 50th Anniversary of Hurricane Camille

55th Anniversary of Hurricane Flora

On the night of October 3, 1963, Hurricane Flora smashed into the southern coast of Haiti.  It raked the country with 145 mph (230 km/hr) winds and dumped tremendous downpours on its mountains.  It would become one of the deadliest and wettest Atlantic hurricanes on record. Flora began as an African easterly wave, moving over … Continue reading 55th Anniversary of Hurricane Flora

125th Anniversary of the Chenière Caminada hurricane

On the morning of October 2, 1893, a severe hurricane came roaring across the Louisiana coast near the village of Chenière Caminada, all but wiping the town flat and killing over half the population. Like many late season hurricanes, this storm formed from a disturbance in the western Caribbean Sea around Sept. 27th.  By the … Continue reading 125th Anniversary of the Chenière Caminada hurricane