Study on tropical cyclone forecast improvements due to data from the new Aeolus satellite released online in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

Summary: The Atmospheric Dynamics Mission - Aeolus was launched into space in August 2018, by the European Space Agency. It is the first satellite capable of observing wind velocity around the world from the surface to 30 km above. This study describes the impact of incorporating these wind observations into computer weather models on tropical cyclone … Continue reading Study on tropical cyclone forecast improvements due to data from the new Aeolus satellite released online in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

NOAA flight captures intensifying Fiona

Eyewall of Hurricane Fiona as seen from Miss Piggy (NOAA43) On the night of September 19th, 2022, NOAA Hurricane Hunter "Miss Piggy" penetrated the eyewall of Hurricane Fiona as it emerged from the northern coast of Hispañola. The researchers onboard captured data of an intensifying storm as it moved toward the Turks and Caicos Islands. … Continue reading NOAA flight captures intensifying Fiona

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

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of August 2022

August's science meeting consisted of three presentations: Henry Winterbottom (ESRL/PSL): "Simulating Tropical Cyclones Within the Unified Forecast System (UFS): The Impacts of Nesting and TC Relocation" Stanley Goldenberg: "August Update for NOAA’s Outlook for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Methodology and Forecast" Sim Aberson and Shirley Murillo: "The NOAA Research Publication Tracking System and HRD" … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of August 2022

Frank Marks participates in University of Miami Hurricane Academy – 14 July 2022

HRD director Frank Marks gave a presentation on "Hurricane Research at NOAA" at the University of Miami Hurricane Academy. The Academies provide immersive academic programs open to students who are currently in grade 9, 10, or 11 (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors).  A copy of the presentation is available here.

Frank Marks participates in Symposium on Tropical Cyclones, Convection and Climate – 21-22 June 2022

Kerry Emanuel has made fundamental contributions to several areas in the study of Earth's climate, notably related to tropical cyclones, convection, and climate. This two-day symposium in honor of Kerry Emanuel brought current work across these three areas together in one place, and provided a forum for exchange of ideas at current forefronts in these … Continue reading Frank Marks participates in Symposium on Tropical Cyclones, Convection and Climate – 21-22 June 2022

Paper on assimilating Doppler wind lidar and Doppler radar data into a hurricane model published in Remote Sensing

This study examines the impact of assimilating Doppler Wind Lidar (DWL) data on hurricane prediction in the operational Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting system. A series of experiments were conducted to identify the best way to assimilate the DWL data in comparison to assimilation of Tail Doppler radar data. A new data thinning method was … Continue reading Paper on assimilating Doppler wind lidar and Doppler radar data into a hurricane model published in Remote Sensing

Gus Alaka highlighted in the May 2022 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

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Paper describing a new forecast model that follows multiple tropical cyclones at the same time highlighted on the cover of the latest Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Forecast models that follow individual tropical cyclones (TCs), like NOAA’s Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model, have contributed to significant improvement of intensity forecasts for over a decade.  The original HWRF could only follow one TC, but recent advances allow individual multiple nests to follow more than one TC.  This is the first time that the … Continue reading Paper describing a new forecast model that follows multiple tropical cyclones at the same time highlighted on the cover of the latest Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

New hurricane research supports advances to NOAA’s 2022 forecasts

This summer during the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) will once again be on the frontlines helping NOAA prepare the public for severe weather. They will also conduct new research on the complex processes of how tropical cyclones form, develop, and dissipate. AOML’s operational missions tasked by NOAA’s Environmental … Continue reading New hurricane research supports advances to NOAA’s 2022 forecasts