2017 Hurricane Awareness Tour

On Friday, May 12th, the 2017 Hurricane Awareness Tour wrapped up its week-long swing along the East Coast at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami.  The Opa Locka airport facility hosted NOAA42 “Kermit” as well as two U.S. Air Force Reserve’s C-130s, from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters.”  Tours of the aircraft […]

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HRD Monthly Science Meeting of May 2017

May’s science meeting consisted of 3 presentations: Jonathan Zawislak: Validation of tropical cyclone precipitation in HWRF using satellite observations Hua Chen – Azimuthal distribution of deep convection, environmental factors, and tropical cyclone rapid intensification: A perspective from HWRF ensemble forecasts of Hurricane Edouard Stephanie Stevenson (University of Albany/SUNY): Understanding intensity changes signaled by tropical cyclone lightning […]

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Paper on the bumpy ride encountered by Hurricane Hunters in Hurricane Felix published in Monthly Weather Review

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 […]

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Paper on gravity waves caused by hurricanes and a potential new way to estimate hurricane intensity released online in Geophysical Research Letters

 Summary: Observing tropical cyclones around the world can be very expensive because they occur over oceans where there are few observations. Hurricane Hunter aircraft can reach hurricanes only when they are close to land. Thunderstorms near the centers of tropical cyclones cause waves (called “gravity waves”) in the atmosphere that move outward in spiral […]

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Paper on a new dropwindsonde that measures sea surface temperature released online in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Warm water provides the energy for tropical cyclones to form and intensify, and knowing the temperature of the water is important in predicting how strong a hurricane will become. Dropwindsondes are instruments that measure air temperature, moisture, pressure, and wind velocity as they fall toward the ocean after release from Hurricane Hunter aircraft, but they […]

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The P3s wild ride in hurricane Felix in 2007 highlighted in the American Meteorological Society Front Page blog

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/.

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