Paper describing large new airborne Doppler radar dataset in tropical cyclones released online in Monthly Weather Review

The study introduces a new database that is freely available and consists of over 900 airborne Doppler radar analyses collected between 1997–2020. We demonstrate the capabilities of the database by identifying how the structure of hurricanes changes depending on the strength of the storm, which provides a foundation for future research avenues and computer model … Continue reading Paper describing large new airborne Doppler radar dataset in tropical cyclones released online in Monthly Weather Review

Paper on observations of updrafts in hurricanes from NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft published in The Journal of Geophysical Research

This study uses NOAA airborne Doppler radar data to tie together the many different characteristics of convective rainband updrafts that have been documented, both by observations and from modeling studies. The results help shed light on how these updraft circulations are organized and what underlying dynamics might contribute to the observed organization. You can access … Continue reading Paper on observations of updrafts in hurricanes from NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft published in The Journal of Geophysical Research

HRD scientists participate in the 34th American Meteorological Society Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

34th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology Virtual Meeting The 34th AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology was held virtually 10-14 May after being postponed from 2020. This is the premiere meeting for operational and research scientists who work on understanding and forecasting tropical cyclones and other tropical weather around the world. HRD scientist … Continue reading HRD scientists participate in the 34th American Meteorological Society Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of April 2021

April's science meeting consisted of four presentations: Xiaomin Chen: "Boundary Layer Recovery and Precipitation Symmetrization Preceding Rapid Intensification of Tropical Cyclones under Shear" Andy Hazelton: "HAFS Ensemble of Hurricane Dorian (2019): Early Intensity and Long-Term Track" Jon Zawislak: "Accomplishments of NOAA's Airborne Hurricane Field Program and a Broader Future Approach to Forecast Improvement" Kathryn Sellwood: … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of April 2021

NOAA samples the 9th rapidly intensifying storm of the Atlantic hurricane season

AOML scientists supported a mission into Hurricane Eta as it developed in the Caribbean on Sunday, November 1.  The P-3 flight, tasked by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and operated out of Lakeland, FL, captured Eta as it began rapid intensification from a tropical storm into a hurricane. NOAA has sampled 8 of the 9 rapidly intensifying … Continue reading NOAA samples the 9th rapidly intensifying storm of the Atlantic hurricane season

AOML reviews science conducted during Hurricane Hunter missions into Laura

Hurricane scientists at AOML provided guidance and data support for National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) tasked reconnaissance into Hurricane Laura, identifying critical information about the system’s location, development, and intensification. Beginning on August 20th, 11 P-3 and 6 G-IV missions were conducted, capturing the complex lifecycle of Laura until its eventual … Continue reading AOML reviews science conducted during Hurricane Hunter missions into Laura

John Gamache wins NOAA Administrator’s Award

John Gamache is part of a group that has won the NOAA Administrator's Award for outstanding effort in the design, fabrication, and validation of the next-generation airborne dual-Doppler weather radar system.  Others in the group are Conrad L. Ziegler (Meteorologist, National Severe Storms Laboratory), William J. Greene (Electronics Engineer, Aircraft Operations Center/ Data and Development Section), … Continue reading John Gamache wins NOAA Administrator’s Award