HRD celebrates first all-female science team on a Hurricane Hunter mission

During the final NOAA flight into Hurricane Lane, history was made when (l-r) Lisa Bucci, Kelly Ryan, Kathryn Sellwood, and Heather Holbach became the first all-female science crew on a hurricane hunter mission.  Serendipitously, the mission was conducted into the hurricane when it was category 5, the strongest category of hurricane, with sustained winds of … Continue reading HRD celebrates first all-female science team on a Hurricane Hunter mission

AOML and HRD researchers at 33rd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Ponte Vedra, FL – 15-20 April 2018

Thirty-one AOML and HRD scientists participated in the recent 33rd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology in Ponte Vedra, FL, as authors or co-authors on 65 presentations and 19 posters. Roughly 783 presentations (507 oral presentations in 67 sessions and 276 posters in 2 session) were submitted to the conference. Of the 567 TC-related presentations … Continue reading AOML and HRD researchers at 33rd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Ponte Vedra, FL – 15-20 April 2018

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

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 … Continue reading 2017 Hurricane Awareness Tour

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 … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of May 2017

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

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 … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of April 2017