Latest Hurricane Hunters Stories

2014-07-28 10:21:49

NSU They are something we take very seriously in Florida – hurricanes. The names roll off the tongue like a list of villains – Andrew, Charlie, Frances and Wilma. In the past 25 years or so, experts have gradually been improving prediction of the course a storm may take. This is thanks to tremendous advancements in computer and satellite technology. While we still have the “cone of uncertainty” we’ve become familiar with watching television weather reports, today’s models...

Scott Braun Interview About Upcoming Hurricane Campaign For NASA
2012-08-02 10:29:31

Scott Braun is the Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission principal investigator and a research meteorologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Scott studies hurricanes from the inside out. HS3 is a five-year mission specifically targeted to investigate hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean basin. In his role as Principal Investigator, Scott leads a diverse team of hurricane and instrument scientists to design and conduct experiments using NASA's two Global Hawk...

Near-normal 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted
2012-05-25 03:12:46

Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew underscores necessity to prepare every year Conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, NOAA announced Thursday from Miami at its Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and home to the Hurricane Research Division. For the entire six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA´s Climate Prediction Center says there´s a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms...

2011-04-26 07:55:52

Public and media invited to tour hurricane hunter aircraft NOAA hurricane experts will visit five U.S. East Coast cities aboard a NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft to raise awareness about storm threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan. The five-day tour begins May 2. NOAA has conducted the hurricane awareness tour for almost 30 years, alternating between the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, and is followed by NOAA's hurricane hazard education campaign during National...

2011-01-10 13:10:16

It's hard to believe that, in this day and age, we don't have a way to measure sea-level air pressure during hurricanes. NASA researchers, however, are working on a system that will improve forecasting of severe ocean weather by doing just that. The device measures sea-level air pressure, a critical component of hurricane formation "“ and one that has been extremely difficult to capture. The Differential Absorption Barometric Radar (DIABAR) prototype is scheduled to make its second...

2008-05-26 16:10:00

In an effort to learn more about giant storms, U.S. researchers are using unmanned, remote-controlled airplanes this year to penetrate the heart of Atlantic hurricanes.However, for fear of endangering other planes, American aviation authorities have forced the rugged drones to be flown from the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados.The drones look just like hobbyists' model airplanes but can be controlled by satellites. Storm researchers are confident the drones will give them a more complete...

2007-09-07 10:19:00

A NASA-supported study has introduced a new way to detect lightning outbreaks inside a hurricane from thousands of miles away, giving forecasters new insight into just how powerful an oncoming storm will be. As a result, researchers can now investigate with greater accuracy how the rate of lightning strikes produced within a hurricane's eyewall is tied to the changing strength of that hurricane. A hurricane's eyewall is the inner heat-driven region of the storm that surrounds the "eye" where...

2005-10-31 06:45:00

MIAMI -- Hurricane forecasting and research improvements - including a new "hurricane hunter" airplane - are part of a Bush administration proposal to provide an additional $55 million this year for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lawmakers and experts said Sunday that the infusion of money is essential in the aftermath of a record-setting hurricane season that has included such killer storms as Katrina, Rita and Wilma. "These past 14 months has been a wake-up call...

2005-10-20 17:24:43

By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - The 2005 hurricane season has spawned three of the most intense Atlantic storms on record with Katrina, Rita and now Wilma, fueling the debate over global warming's impact on hurricanes. Yet even weather experts convinced that global warming is a serious threat caution against blaming climate change. While Wilma on Wednesday briefly became the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record in terms of its barometric minimum pressure, that does not...

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