Paper on updrafts in hurricanes and how they relate to intensity changes released online in Monthly Weather Review

Summary:  NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft have a Doppler radar that measures wind through the entire hurricane.  We analyzed these radar data collected in many hurricanes since 2004.  Previous studies found that the location of the fastest upward moving air (what we call updrafts) may tell us how strong the storm will be a few hours …

Lisa Bucci named NOAA Team Member of the Month

Lisa Bucci was honored this month for her courageous work last year during Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma was an extremely powerful and catastrophic hurricane -- the most intense storm to strike the U.S. coastline since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. On the morning of September 7, 2017, the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued hurricane watches …

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of December 2017

December’s science meeting consisted of three presentations: Dave Nolan:  Preliminary results on the sources of condensate in the hurricane outflow layer Jun Zhang:  Observations of gravity waves in tropical cyclones Leon Nguyen:  Assessing tropical cyclone intensity change in moderate vertical wind shear using dropsondes: thermodynamics of the lower troposphere All the presentations are available on …

2017 Hurricane Field Program summary

AOML's Hurricane Research Division (HRD) ran its 2017 Hurricane Field Program from July 27th through October 27th and accomplished many of the objectives set for this busy hurricane season.  In addition to carrying out Tail Doppler Radar (TDR) missions in coordination with NOAA's Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), HRD flew the Analysis of Intensification Processes Experiments …

Paper on Hurricane Patricia, the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

In October 2015, off the west coast of Mexico, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, intensifying faster than any other storm on record. A unique set of observations were collected in Patricia. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Office of Naval Research (ONR) aircraft …

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria – Part 2 – 19 October 2017

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 17 P-3, 13 G-IV, and 51 AF WC-130 missions into Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria (3-8 September 2017). The agenda for the discussion was: HRD/AOML support for EMC operations (Paul Reasor) TDR-related issues, resolved and continuing (John Gamache) Data impacts on HWRF forecasts (Jason Sippel) Open discussion of …

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of October 2017

October’s science meeting consisted of 5 presentations: Gus Alaka – 2017 Basin-Scale HWRF Preliminary Verification Sim Aberson – IFS (EC) and GFS Forecasts During 2017 Sim Aberson – Extreme Horizontal and Vertical Winds Measured by Dropwindsondes During the 2017 Hurricane Field Program Lisa Bucci – P-3 Doppler Wind Lidar: 2017 Progress Heather Holbach – WSRA …