Paper on the likely impact of the new COSMIC satellites on weather forecasts published in Monthly Weather Review

The Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate COSMIC) is a set of satellites launched in 2006 that orbit the earth about 500 miles above ground. They use radio signals from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites in a process called “radio occultation” to accurately measure temperature and moisture at a large number of points in […]

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HRD Seminar – Dr. David Ryglicki, Naval Research Laboratory – 17 August 2017

Dr. Ryglicki presented a seminar titled  “The Kinematics of Rapidly Intensifying Hurricanes in Moderate Vertical Wind Shear”. Abstract: A select group of tropical cyclones (TCs) which unexpectedly undergo rapid intensification in moderate vertical wind shear are identified, analyzed, and modeled. Geostationary satellite and reanalysis data are used to identify features and environmental parameters of these TCs. […]

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Paper on how vertical wind shear impacts surface winds in hurricanes released online in Monthly Weather Review

Summary: Scatterometers are instruments on aircraft or satellites that are used to measure wind speed and direction at the ocean surface. In this follow-up to a 2016 study, the surface wind in tropical cyclones around the world are studied using a large set of measurements from 2000 to 2011. The impact of tropical cyclone intensity, […]

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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 […]

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Paper on gravity waves caused by hurricanes and a potential new way to estimate hurricane intensity released online in Geophysical Research Letters

 Summary: Observing tropical cyclones around the world can be very expensive because they occur over oceans where there are few observations. Hurricane Hunter aircraft can reach hurricanes only when they are close to land. Thunderstorms near the centers of tropical cyclones cause waves (called “gravity waves”) in the atmosphere that move outward in spiral […]

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HRD researchers at 71st Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference/Tropical Cyclone Research Forum, Miami, FL – 14-16 March 2017

HRD and AOML scientists participated in the 71st Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference/Tropical Cyclone Operations and Research Forum. HRD scientists presented or were coauthors on 14 of the 45 presentations and 3 of the 10 posters. Shirley Murillo chaired the Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT) session and Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan chaired a panel discussion on “Research Supporting Operations: Current […]

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HRD Monthly Science Meeting of February 2017

February’s science meeting consisted of 7 presentations: Bachir Annane: Impact of Simulated CYGNSS Ocean Surface Winds on Tropical Cyclone Analyses and Forecasts in a Regional OSSE Framework Mark Leidner (AER): Creating Vector Winds from Simulated CYGNSS Ocean Surface Wind Speed Retrievals Using Variational Analysis Brittany Dahl: Impact of Global Hawk Observing Strategies on Vortex-Scale Tropical Cyclone […]

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HRD & AOML researchers at 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA – 23-27 January 2017

Abstracts and recordings of  the 25 presentations and 6 posters AOML & HRD researchers presented (or were co-authors) at the 97th AMS Annual Meeting are available online from the AMS website: Presentations: Bachir Annane,  B. D. McNoldy, S. M. Leidner, R. N. Hoffman, R. Atlas, and S. J. Majumdar, Impact of Simulated CYGNSS Ocean Surface Winds […]

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HRD scientists participate in HFIP Annual Review, NHC, Miami, FL – 11-12 January 2017

The HFIP program is coordinated through 3 strategic planning teams (Model Development, Data Assimilation/Ensemble, and Post Processing and Verification Development) and 3 tiger teams (High Resolution Physics, Ensemble Product, and Ocean Model Impact). The HFIP strategic planning teams develop our multi-year strategy for improving hurricane forecast guidance, while the tiger teams are responsible for overseeing […]

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