Tuesday, February 20, 2018
 

Capturing the genesis of Tropical Storm Hermine

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NOAA Hurricane Hunters are flying back-to-back missions to study the newly developed Tropical Storm Hermine in the Gulf of Mexico, capturing its evolution from a cluster of thunderstorms into a tropical storm. Getting data during such transitions can help improve hurricane models which currently don’t predict transitions well. Our understanding of the physical processes of early storm development remains limited, largely because there are few observations.  

NOAA First: Real-time data from Global Hawk included in hurricane...

Weather information taken from Tropical Storm Erika used in operational forecast model

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For the first time, real-time weather data taken by the NOAA-operated unmanned NASA Global Hawk aircraft went directly into one of NOAA’s operational hurricane forecast models to assist in the forecast of Tropical Storm Erika.