Paper on accounting for the location of dropwindsondes during measurements published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Summary: Hurricane Hunter aircraft have been releasing instruments called dropwindsondes to measure pressure, temperature, moisture, and wind speed and direction in hurricanes for two decades. Data from dropwindsondes released near the storms have led to better forecasts of where they will go, but improvements to forecasts of how strong they will get have lagged. Part […]

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HRD Monthly Science Meeting of July 2017

July’s science meeting consisted of 6 presentations: Steve Guimond (NASA) – “Reviving the Imaging Wind and Rain Airborne Profiler (IWRAP) for Hurricane Research: A Case Study of Hurricane Rita (2005)” Mu-Chieh (Laura) Ko – “Preliminary Review – HWRF-B 2016 Retrospective Dataset” Robert Rogers – “The Challenge of Intensity Forecasting in Moderate Shear” Emily Paltz (Hollings […]

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Paper on forecast improvements due to dropsonde data from the Global Hawk aircraft published in Monthly Weather Review

Starting in 2010, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have used the Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft that can fly at 65,000 feet for 24 hours at a time, to make observations in tropical cyclones. The Global Hawk can release dropsondes that measure temperature, humidity, pressure, and wind […]

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HRD Monthly Science Meeting of April 2017

April’s science meeting consisted of 6 presentations: Gus Alaka: 2016 Basin-Scale HWRF MET-TC Verification 2016 Atlantic Basin Xuejin Zhang: Basin-scale HWRF Verification Mu-Chieh Ko (Laura): HIWPP Precipitation Evaluation – Selected cases of 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Kathryn Sellwood: Assimilating Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD) Surface Wind Speeds for Analyses and Forecasts of Tropical Cyclones Pete Finocchio […]

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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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HRD & AOML researchers at 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA – 23-27 January 2017

Abstracts and recordings of  the 25 presentations and 6 posters AOML & HRD researchers presented (or were co-authors) at the 97th AMS Annual Meeting are available online from the AMS website: Presentations: Bachir Annane,  B. D. McNoldy, S. M. Leidner, R. N. Hoffman, R. Atlas, and S. J. Majumdar, Impact of Simulated CYGNSS Ocean Surface Winds […]

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HRD observation team monthly meeting – 19 January 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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Paper on Hurricane Patricia, the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, released online in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

In October 2015, off the west coast of Mexico, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, intensifying faster than any other storm on record. A unique set of observations were collected in Patricia. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Office of Naval Research (ONR) aircraft […]

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HRD Monthly Science Meeting of November 2016

November’s science meeting consisted of 7 presentations: Shun-Nan Wu (RSMAS), “The signal of future TC intensification in the CloudSat measurements” Jon Zawislak (FIU/CIMAS/HRD), “The Relationship Between Precipitation and Environmental Forcing during Tropical Cyclone Formation” Leon Nguyen (HRD), “Thermodynamic and kinematic influences on precipitation symmetry in sheared tropical cyclones: Bertha and Cristobal (2014)” Brad Klotz (CIMAS/HRD): […]

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