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Watch the video on NOAA’s Ocean Today > Transcript The most fascinating thing about hurricanes, to me, is how the atmosphere and ocean work together to form these massive storms that can cause such great destruction. What got me interested in hurricanes was 1999 Hurricane Floyd, powerful enough to actually knock a tree down, which…

Dropsonde Profile

Improving the use of Dropsondes in NOAA Operations with HWRF (Sippel FY17)

This project implements an algorithm to estimate drift of the dropsondes in the data assimilation system of the operational Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting model. With the help of JTTI funds this dropsonde drift algorithm was operational tested and implemented in the National Weather Service (NWS) operations.  NWS is now able to assimilate more dropsonde observations…

RiVorS deployment (Photo by Matthew Mahalik/OU CIMMS)

Implications of Inconsistent Visuals

On end user uncertainty, risk perception, and behavioral intentions (Grundstein FY18) Within the last decade, operational meteorologists have raised concerns that the availability of weather information from a variety of sources may contribute to a perception that weather risk messages are inconsistent and result in negative consequences among end users. The challenge, however, is that…

Global Extratropical Storm and Tide Operational Forecast System (Global ESTOFS)

Improving Water Level Predictions

Title: Advancing ADCIRC U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coast Grids and Capabilities to Facilitate Coupling to the National Water Model in the Extratropical Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System (ESTOFS) Operational Forecasting (Westerink FY18) The primary objective of this project is to improve predictions of water levels caused by extratropical tide and storm surge within the…

excessive rainfall noaa

Using Machine Learning to Improve Forecasts of Excessive Rainfall

Forecasters at NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center (WPC) are responsible for producing Excessive Rainfall Outlooks, which brings awareness to the potential for flood-inducing rains up to three days in advance. However, the amount of rain that qualifies as “excessive” varies from region to region, and pinpointing the specific areas likely to receive heavy rain is challenging,…

UFS Weather Model Image of moving Nests

The Hurricane Analysis and Forecast System (HAFS)

The last several hurricane seasons have been active with records being set for the number of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic basin.  These record-breaking seasons underscore the importance of accurate hurricane forecasting. Imperative to increased forecasting skill for hurricanes is the development of the Hurricane Forecast Analysis System or HAFS. To accelerate improvements…

NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data provided courtesy of Chris Elvidge, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. (NASA / Earth Observatory)

JEDI: The Future of Data Assimilation

The process by which observational data is brought into models is called data assimilation (DA). The Joint Effort for Data assimilation Integration (JEDI) is the next generation, unified DA framework under collaborative development between NOAA and cross-agency partners through the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA). JEDI will allow for a faster development and…