Heather Holbach leads Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR) workshop

The Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR) workshop brought together experts on the SFMR from NOAA, the US Air Force, and ProSensing Inc. as well as forecasters from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).   The goal of this workshop was to discuss the current status of the SFMR and ongoing updates to further improve the SFMR and consistency between the operations of … Continue reading Heather Holbach leads Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR) workshop

HRD Seminar – Dr. Altug Aksoy (CIMAS/HRD) – 3 March 2020

Dr. Aksoy presented a seminar titled “Assimilation of Coyote UAS Observations in Hurricane Maria (2017): Optimization of Data Impact”. ABSTRACT The Coyote is a low-altitude small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) that is air-launched from the NOAA WP-3D (P-3) hurricane hunter aircraft through its existing standard A-size sonobuoy launch capability. Its meteorological sensors directly measure temperature, … Continue reading HRD Seminar – Dr. Altug Aksoy (CIMAS/HRD) – 3 March 2020

HRD Debrief for missions into 2019 Sheared Storms – 18 February 2020

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 14 P-3 and 8 G-IV missions into sheared Hurricanes Barry, AL02 (10–12 July 2019), Humberto, AL09 (13–16 September 2019 ), Jerry, AL10 (18–22 September 2019), and Lorenzo, AL13 (26 – 29 September 2019). The format of the debrief was different than in the past. A brief overview is … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into 2019 Sheared Storms – 18 February 2020

HRD Seminar – Dr. Hyojin Yang, National Institute of Meteorological Sciences (NIMS), Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) – 9 December 2019

Dr. Yang presented a seminar titled "Atmospheric observations for understanding severe weather using KMA/NIMS Atmospheric Research Aircraft during 2018-2019". A recording of the presentation is available on the anonymous ftp site: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/pub/blog/seminars/2019/Yang_HRD_Seminar_20191209.mp4

HRD observation team monthly meeting – 21 November 2019

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 – 21 November 2019

Heather Holbach visits the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters

On 13 and 14 November , the Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters hosted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Hunters and representatives from the  National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Chief, Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination, All Hurricanes for an end-of-season meeting.  Heather Holbach represented NOAA Research at that meeting to … Continue reading Heather Holbach visits the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters

Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10pm EDT

All three NOAA aircraft flew in and around Hurricane Lorenzo today, with both P3s flying the same tracks (at 8 and 10 kft) through the storm within 15 minutes of each other. The G-IV departed the storm just as the P3s were entering. The G-IV flew an HRD research mission in support of the NESDIS … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11pm EDT

All three NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft were airborne at the same time today, in and around Hurricane Lorenzo. The G-IV flew a successful HRD research mission in support of the NESDIS Satellite Validation experiment, flying around Lorenzo in a star pattern that sampled the environmental interaction and aligning the pattern with an NOAA-20 overpass to … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11pm EDT