HRD at the American Meteorological Society Centennial Meeting

HRD scientists recently attended the 100th American Meteorological Society Meeting in Boston. There, they presented 33 oral presentations and 10 posters. Left to right: Mu-Chich Ko, Andrew Kren, Joe Cione, Karina Apodaca, Michael Mueller, Sarah Ditchek, Steve Diaz, Jonathan Zawislak, Andy Hazelton, Lisa Bucci, Frank Marks, Shirley Murillo, Xuejin Zhang, John Cortinas, Eric Uhlhorn, and … Continue reading HRD at the American Meteorological Society Centennial Meeting

Braving the Eye of the Storm: Research from drone penetration of hurricane eyewall published

Braving the Eye of the Storm Research from drone penetration of hurricane eyewall published The most dangerous part of the hurricane is the eye-wall close to the ocean. It’s where the storm draws energy from heat in the water, which influences how strong – and how quickly – the storm will develop. It’s also where … Continue reading Braving the Eye of the Storm: Research from drone penetration of hurricane eyewall published

New paper on hurricane research with drones highlighted in UCAR/NCAR news

A new paper by a team of scientists, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), demonstrates that observations just above the surface of the ocean near the eyewall of the storm can improve the performance of hurricane models used by forecasters. Scientists in 2017 and 2018 … Continue reading New paper on hurricane research with drones highlighted in UCAR/NCAR news

Paper on getting the best TC forecasts using NOAA’s G-IV published in Monthly Weather Review

Summary: During each hurricane season, NOAA’s Gulfstream-IV (G-IV) Hurricane Hunter aircraft measures wind, temperature, humidity, and pressure in and around hurricanes threatening the United States.  An instrument called the dropwindsonde is released from the G-IV to collect the data as it falls to the ocean surface.  The plane currently flies where we expect observations from the … Continue reading Paper on getting the best TC forecasts using NOAA’s G-IV published in Monthly Weather Review

Paper on the Doppler Wind Lidar, a new instrument to measure wind from hurricane hunter aircraft, published in the journal Sensors

Summary: A new instrument, called an airborne Doppler Wind Lidar (ADWL, for short), was flown on NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft into two storms during 2016. This instrument measures winds above and below the plane. The ADWL measures wind where radar on the aircraft cannot: the radar can measure the wind where there are clouds or … Continue reading Paper on the Doppler Wind Lidar, a new instrument to measure wind from hurricane hunter aircraft, published in the journal Sensors

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Michael – 26 October 2018

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 6 P-3 and 3 G-IV missions into Hurricane Michael, AL14 (8-10 October 2018). The agenda for the discussion was: Agenda: Missions Overview (Jon Zawislak) Deployment Overview (Jon Zawislak) 20181008H1 (Kelly Ryan) 20181009H1 (Rob Rogers) 20181009N2 (Jason Dunion/ John Kaplan) 20181009H2/Coyote (Kelly Ryan) 20181010H1 (Rob Rogers/ Jon Zawislak) EMC … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Michael – 26 October 2018

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Lane – 30 August 2018

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 4 G-IV and 4 P-3 missions into Central Pacific Hurricane Lane (19-23 August 2018) representing the first NOAA P-3 mission to fly a Central Pacific storm. The agenda for the discussion was: Agenda: Storm Overview (Jon Zawislak) Missions Overview (Jon Zawislak) Deployment Overview (Jon Zawislak) CPHC Feedback (Tom Birchard, … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Lane – 30 August 2018

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