HURRICANE OBSERVATIONS. Dr. Richard M. Yablonsky (URI/GSO) HSS Teacher’s Institute Presentation URI Coastal Institute, Narragansett, RI Tuesday, 27 July 2010 at 10:00 AM. Hurricane Forecasting. Numerical Modeling. Dissemination. Data Acquisition And Processing. Warnings Operations.
Dr. Richard M. Yablonsky (URI/GSO)
HSS Teacher’s Institute Presentation
URI Coastal Institute, Narragansett, RI
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 at 10:00 AM
Radiosondes: Instruments attached to weather balloons that transmit temperature, humidity, & wind data back to the ground. These balloons are launched globally twice a day.
Aircraft:Commercial aircraft regularly report weather data. NOAA “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft penetrate hurricanes to gather valuable data on the storm.
Satellites:Gather data on clouds, water vapor, and land & sea surface temperatures.
Surface:Thousands of weather stations across the globe report weather conditions every hour.
View from a Hurricane Hunter aircraft inside the eye of category 5 Hurricane Isabel
Two NOAA P3 “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft
A thunderstorm in one
of Ivan’s spiral bands
~ 250 miles
Image courtesy of NOAA/
Image courtesy of CIMMS / Univ of Wisconsin
Satellite Infrared Image of Sea Surface Temperature Hurricane Gert (1999)
“Pringles cans with microprocessors and parachutes”
Dominant Wave Period
Significant Wave Height