HRD Monthly Science Meeting of October 2019

October’s science meeting consisted of seven presentations: Sim Aberson -  “A comparison of SAMURAI, HEDAS, and radar analyses for Hurricane Patricia (and a sneak peek into Dorian)” Lisa Bucci - "Understanding the response of tropical cyclone structure to the assimilation of synthetic wind profiles" Hui Christophersen - "TROPICS Radiance OSSE Update" Xiaomin Chen -  “A … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of October 2019

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

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of April 2019

April’s science meeting consisted of four presentations: Sim Aberson - A Preliminary Look at High-resolution HEDAS analyses of Pre-Sergio (2018) Xuejin Zhang - Development of Moving Nest in FV3GFS Ghassan Alaka - HWRF Verification: Overall Progress & 2018 Highlights Lisa Bucci - Exploring TC Predictability in an OSSE framework Three of the four presentations are … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of April 2019

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 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

HRD observation team monthly meeting – 16 August 2018

The purpose of the observation team meetings is to bring together the people who use observations in their research on a regular basis to discuss issues they’re having, provide updates on observations they’re analyzing or collecting, and any other information that may be of interest to the broader group.  These meetings are also an excellent … Continue reading HRD observation team monthly meeting – 16 August 2018

Paper on the new Doppler Wind Lidar on the NOAA Hurricane Hunters published in Remote Sensing

Summary: The warm ocean provides the energy for tropical cyclones to form and intensify. Knowing what is happening in the air immediately above this warm ocean (called the boundary layer) tells us how that energy gets into the air. So, it is important to know what is happening there to accurately predict how strong a … Continue reading Paper on the new Doppler Wind Lidar on the NOAA Hurricane Hunters published in Remote Sensing