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Thirty years of progress in hurricane forecasting since Hurricane Andrew

Thirty years of progress in hurricane forecasting since Hurricane Andrew

Hurricane Andrew made landfall on August 24, 1992, near Homestead, Florida, becoming one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in U.S. history. It had an extremely low central pressure of 922 millibars and maximum sustained wind speeds estimated at 165 miles per hour. The storm rapidly intensified less than 36 hours before landfall, leaving most residents less than a day to secure their homes and heed evacuation orders.

When NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) staff found themselves with a major hurricane on their doorstep, hurricane researchers urgently began working to aid forecasters at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC). Hurricane Andrew affected their families, and even destroyed one scientist’s home. Once the hurricane passed, our scientists went right back to work, using what they had learned and seen firsthand to improve our understanding of tropical cyclones. In the 30 years since Andrew, NOAA scientists, forecasters and partners have revolutionized hurricane forecasting to save lives and property. 

August 22, 2022 0 Comments
NOAA and Saildrone launch seven hurricane-tracking surface drones

NOAA and Saildrone launch seven hurricane-tracking surface drones

In partnership with NOAA, Saildrone Inc. is deploying seven ocean drones to collect data from hurricanes during the 2022 hurricane season with the goal of improving hurricane forecasting.  For the first year, two saildrones will track hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.

August 3, 2022 0 Comments
Study: Reducing human-caused air pollution in North America & Europe brings surprise result: more hurricanes

Study: Reducing human-caused air pollution in North America & Europe brings surprise result: more hurricanes

A new NOAA study published today in the journal Science Advances about four decades of tropical cyclones reveals the surprising result that reducing particulate air pollution in Europe and North America has contributed to an increase in the number of tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic basin and a decrease in the number of these storms in the Southern Hemisphere. The study also found that the growth of particulate pollution in Asia has contributed to fewer tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific basin. 

May 11, 2022 0 Comments
A world first: Ocean drone captures video from inside a hurricane

A world first: Ocean drone captures video from inside a hurricane

Saildrone Inc. and NOAA have released the first video footage gathered by an uncrewed surface vehicle from inside a major hurricane barreling across the Atlantic Ocean. 

October 1, 2021 0 Comments
The Saharan Air Layer: What is it? Why does NOAA track it?

The Saharan Air Layer: What is it? Why does NOAA track it?

June 24, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA scientist to serve as expert in Wikipedia edit-a-thon

NOAA scientist to serve as expert in Wikipedia edit-a-thon

February 18, 2020 0 Comments
From hurricanes to seal pups: 4 ways drones are helping NOAA scientists conduct research

From hurricanes to seal pups: 4 ways drones are helping NOAA scientists conduct research

November 12, 2019 0 Comments
Robots probe ocean depths in mission to fine-tune hurricane forecasts

Robots probe ocean depths in mission to fine-tune hurricane forecasts

Four ocean gliders are setting off to sea to bring back data that scientists hope will improve the accuracy of hurricane forecast models. 

July 15, 2019 0 Comments
Are tropical cyclones moving at a more leisurely pace?

Are tropical cyclones moving at a more leisurely pace?

A recent NOAA-led study found the speed of movement of tropical cyclones, including hurricanes, has been slowing in recent decades, with more storms lumbering slowly over land and potentially causing more flooding. However, new research published in Nature by another NOAA scientist casts some doubt that tropical cyclones are slowing and that there’s a link to climate change.

June 6, 2019 0 Comments
Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin

The former Chief of Operations at the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center in Lakeland, Florida, pilot and NOAA Corps CAPT Catherine A. Martin is now the Executive Director of NOAA Boulder Laboratories.

October 17, 2018 0 Comments
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