On September 2, 2007, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Hunter airplane flew into Hurricane Felix when it was a category-5 hurricane north of Venezuela. The aircraft measured wind speed of 163 kt (188 mph) at the ocean surface and an upward wind speed of 60 kt (69 mph), the fastest upward wind ever […]
The blog post discusses the recent article by Aberson et al. published in Monthly Weather Review. You can read the blog at http://blog.ametsoc.org/uncategorized/monster-felix-slammed-hurricane-hunter-plane-in-2007/.
After the landfall of very strong hurricanes, NOAA contracted with Drs. Ted Fujita of the University of Chicago and Roger Wakimoto of the University of California Los Angeles to produce damage surveys of the affected areas. With the help of Duane J. Stiegler, survey teams visited the devastated areas to assess the wind effects using […]
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 […]
NOAA 42 radar display of Hugo’s eyewall On September 15, 1989, NOAA 42 “Kermit” flew a research mission into Hurricane Hugo, east of Barbados, that became what old-time Hurricane Hunters called a “hairy hop”. This referred to a hurricane flight where the turbulence was so severe as to put the mission in jeopardy. The day […]
Dr. Frank Marks presented a talk on “Structure of the Eye and Eyewall of Hurricane Hugo (1989): How we improved HWRF”. The talk was based on the paper which received the OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award for 2010 which can be found here. The presentation (available here) links the research described in the paper to improvements made to the operational […]