NOAA Tests New Lidar Technology to Improve Data on Hurricane Track and Intensity

Scientists from NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic Meteorological Laboratory are collaborating with NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory to test the Micro-pulse Doppler lidar (Microdop), a small light instrument to measure storm winds from NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter P-3 aircraft to learn if this data can improve hurricane forecasts.Hurricane Hunters equipped with the new lidar flew over the Florida peninsula, the southeast … Continue reading NOAA Tests New Lidar Technology to Improve Data on Hurricane Track and Intensity

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of July 2021

July's science meeting consisted of five presentations: Sophie Grimsley (Lapenta Intern): "Project Check-in: Hurricane Intensity Change and Boundary Layer Processes" Nick Mesa (Lapenta Intern): "Investigating Intensity Changes Related to Thermodynamic Processes Using Near-coincident Aircraft and Satellite Observations" Laura Ko: "A Consensus Machine Learning Model for Hurricane RI Probabilistic Predictions" Sim Aberson: "Including High-Resolution AMVs in … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of July 2021

HRD recaps flights into Hurricane Elsa

NOAA conducted six flights into Hurricane Elsa earlier in July, four with the P3s and two with the G-IV. The G-IV operational synoptic flow missions were conducted to gather information from high-levels of the atmosphere around Elsa to improve model forecasts of the storm's track and intensity. The P3 missions were conducted to gather data … Continue reading HRD recaps flights into Hurricane Elsa

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of June 2021

June's science meeting consisted of six presentations: Nick Mesa (HRD): “Investigating intensity changes related to thermodynamic processes using near-coincident aircraft and satellite observations” Sophie Grimsley (HRD): “Hurricane Intensity Change and Boundary Layer Processes” Chris Landsea (NHC): "Was 2020 a Record-Breaking Hurricane Season?  Yes, but… (Why did the new average number of Named Storms go up … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of June 2021

AOML Keynotes for November/December 2020: The 2020 hurricane field program, cloud ice in hurricanes, hurricane gliders, and more…

Another story details the Saildrone, an autonomous vehicle that sails on the ocean surface collecting upper-ocean and near-surface weather data, that will be tested in hurricane conditions. Check out the most recent issue of AOML Keynotes here.

CIMAS celebrates its achievements with awards ceremony

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, a NOAA Center of Excellence responsible for carrying out much of the basic research in NOAA, held an awards ceremony on 11 February to celebrate individual and group accomplishments during the past year and a half. About half of those who work inside the AOML building on … Continue reading CIMAS celebrates its achievements with awards ceremony

Rob Rogers participates in the 2020 HIWeather Workshop

HIWeather is a World Meteorological Organisation research project, developing warning capabilities for weather-related hazards, to increase resilience worldwide. HIWeather participants form an international network of scientists, in a wide variety of disciplines, all concerned with aspects of the production and communication of weather-related warnings.  The workshop is aimed at anyone interested in improving weather-related warnings, … Continue reading Rob Rogers participates in the 2020 HIWeather Workshop

Hurricane Hunter flights continue into Sally and Teddy

NOAA's P-3 aircraft wrapped up their sequence of missions into Hurricane Sally prior to the system's eventual landfall along the central Gulf Coast. Tasked by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), its final flight took off on September 15 at 9:30 EDT from Lakeland, FL.  Hurricane scientists supporting P-3 missions into Hurricane Sally identified the location … Continue reading Hurricane Hunter flights continue into Sally and Teddy

Learn about the Hurricane Field Program with Kelly Ryan

During the typical Atlantic hurricane season from June 1 to November 30, NOAA aircraft collect crucial observations to improve the understanding and prediction of these massive cyclonic storms. Scientists at NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division in Miami Florida, fly into the heart of powerful storms to try and answer hypotheses prevalent in hurricane research, and support … Continue reading Learn about the Hurricane Field Program with Kelly Ryan

Hurricane experts at AOML confirm category-4 strength winds prior to Major Hurricane Laura’s landfall

NOAA's P-3 aircraft returned to Lakeland, FL, at 1 AM EDT on August 27th from its final mission to close out the National Hurricane Center and Environmental Modeling Center tasked reconnaissance into major Hurricane Laura. AOML hurricane scientists coordinated with ground crews stationed in the path of Laura's trajectory to obtain valuable measurements that captured the structural … Continue reading Hurricane experts at AOML confirm category-4 strength winds prior to Major Hurricane Laura’s landfall