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Postcards from the Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference, Part I: WISDOM

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:58 PM GMT on March 04, 2009

I'm at the 63rd Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference (IHC) in St. Petersburg, Florida this week, catching up on the latest hurricane research results and plans. About 150 scientists and administrators from all the major U.S. hurricane research agencies are here, and I'll present a few of the highlights of the conference in my next few posts.

One new technology discussed involves the release of hundreds of "superpressure" helium balloons into the atmosphere surrounding an approaching hurricane. Justyna Nicinska and Alexander MacDonald of the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presented a talk on this concept--the WISDOM project (Weather In Situ Deployment Optimization Method). The WISDOM project uses hundreds of "superpressure" balloons (Figure 1) to take data around the periphery of a hurricane. These balloons carry a 100 gram GPS receiver and satellite radio transmitter, and are launched from the ground. The balloons quickly rise to an altitude of 12,000 or 26,000 feet, where they remain for a period of 2 - 5 days. They are designed to stay at a constant pressure as they blow across the Atlantic, radioing back their GPS position every 15 - 30 minutes. This position information can then be used to derive the winds in the vicinity of the balloon. This wind information can then be fed into computer forecast models, and the hundreds of new data points over the data-poor ocean regions surrounding the hurricane should help to make improvements in hurricane track and intensity forecasts. The system was tested in November 2008 during Hurricane Paloma, when 57 balloons were launched from locations in the Caribbean and along the U.S. coast. The balloons remained in the air for up to a week, successfully transmitting their position and providing wind information. The data was not ingested in real time into any computer forecast models, though.


Figure 1. Launch of a WISDOM balloon from Miami. Image credit: NOAA.

For 2009, a full-scale test launch of hundreds of balloons into the atmosphere surrounding a high-impact hurricane is planned. Again, the data will not be ingested in real time into hurricane forecast models, but will be available for "hindcast" studies to see how the additional data helps forecasts. The balloons cost several thousand dollars each. Additional costs include the deployment of eight trained student teams (two people per team via commercial air transport) to potential launch sites:

* Barbados, Cayman Islands, St. Croix, and Mexico in the Caribbean
* Cape Verdes Islands in the far eastern Atlantic
* U.S. East Coast: Miami FL, Charleston SC, Morehead City, NC
* Central U.S.: Denver CO, Twin Cities MN, Wilmington OH, Dodge City KS
* Western Gulf Coast: Jackson MS, Corpus Christi TX

The current costs of a WISDOM deployment are similar to the costs of flying the Hurricane Hunters for two days into a hurricane. The thought is that costs will fall a factor of ten, to several hundred dollars per balloon, once the project moves into production mode. The WISDOM project is currently funded (by the Department of Homeland Security) through 2014. The WISDOM team hopes to develop a new data package which will carry a temperature and humidity sensor for future work. It is unknown how much improvement the WISDOM project might make for hurricane track forecasts. The NOAA jet can improve hurricane track forecasts by 25% when it flies one of its dropsonde missions around a hurricane, but these dropsondes provide a more 3-dimensional picture of the atmosphere than the WISDOM balloons will provide, and it is unlikely that the WISDOM balloons wil be able to affect hurricane track forecasts to that degree. Wind data similar to the WISDOM data come from cloud tracking by the GOES satellites, and this data has been shown to improve hurricane track forecasts by 7% to 24% in one model study. It is uncertain how much additional improvement might result from using the WISDOM data, since GOES is already providing some data of a similar nature.

I'll have more Thursday from the Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference.

Jeff Masters

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

Reader Comments

Thanks for the info.
hey all did any one here about this


Phew! Asteroid´s passing was a cosmic near-miss
Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 12:35 PM

PASADENA, Calif.
An asteroid about the size of one that blasted Siberia a century ago just buzzed by Earth.

NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported that the asteroid zoomed past Monday morning.

The asteroid named 2009 DD45 was about 48,800 miles from Earth. That is just twice the height of some telecommunications satellites and about a fifth of the distance to the Moon.

The space ball measured between 69 feet and 154 feet in diameter. The Planetary Society said that made it the same size as an asteroid that exploded over Siberia in 1908 and leveled more than 800 square miles of forest.

Most people probably didn´t notice the cosmic close call. The asteroid was only spotted two days ago and at its closest point passed over the Pacific Ocean near Tahiti.


Thank you for the update Doc.

Look forward to hearing more from the conference.
wow Hurricane Conference this soon wow how time flys and be for you no it it will be june 1st heh heh heh
New weather balloons aim for better hurricane data


By Jessica Gresko, Associated Press Writer Link

MIAMI — A fleet of special balloons may soon help hurricane forecasters better predict the path of storms. But at a cost of up to $2,000 a pop, these aren't your average birthday party decorations.
The clear, pyramid-shaped balloons test-launched Friday in Miami by researchers and students are several feet tall and carry a palm-sized package of electronics and a transmitter that's a little bit longer than a pencil. Researchers hope that by next hurricane season, hundreds of balloons could be launched as a research flotilla sending back data when a storm threatens in the Atlantic



Thanks Dr. M! Interesting stuff there. Taz- I did read about that asteroid earlier this morning. Glad I didn't know it was coming- wonder where it went.
vary good ? any one no where it went off too???



2009 National Hurricane Conference Link


April 6-April 10 |Austin Convention Center|Austin, TX

The nation's forum for education and professional training in hurricane preparedness
Purpose of the Conference
The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. In addition, the conference serves as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve Emergency Management.

To accomplish these goals, the annual conference emphasizes:



* Lessons Learned from Hurricane Strikes.

* State of the art programs worthy of emulation.

* New ideas being tested or considered.

* Information about new or ongoing assistance programs.

* The ABC's of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation -- in recognition of the fact that there is a continual turnover of emergency management leadership and staff.

The thing that concerns me about this is what happens to the balloons after they have fulfilled their purpose. Just more trash in our oceans? No thanks.
10. P451
I'm not sure if anyone saw it, I sure never knew they existed, but it appears we have these small remote control model planes that we've flown into hurricanes the past couple of years to gain data with.

I found it interesting, I caught the tail end of the program on Discovery or National Geographic, one of those channels, but I can't for the life of me remember the name of the miniature aircraft program.

Anyone know? I'd like to read more about them. *looks at patrap*

11. P451
Quoting Tazmanian:
hey all did any one here about this


Phew! Asteroid´s passing was a cosmic near-miss
Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 12:35 PM

PASADENA, Calif.
An asteroid about the size of one that blasted Siberia a century ago just buzzed by Earth.

NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported that the asteroid zoomed past Monday morning.

The asteroid named 2009 DD45 was about 48,800 miles from Earth. That is just twice the height of some telecommunications satellites and about a fifth of the distance to the Moon.

The space ball measured between 69 feet and 154 feet in diameter. The Planetary Society said that made it the same size as an asteroid that exploded over Siberia in 1908 and leveled more than 800 square miles of forest.

Most people probably didn´t notice the cosmic close call. The asteroid was only spotted two days ago and at its closest point passed over the Pacific Ocean near Tahiti.




Yep, and I must say given the fact we only found it 3 days in advance, just shows we are no where near able to defend ourselves from space.

I don't understand where they say that the fact that the earth would change it's orbit gives it a better chance to hit us at a later date. That does not make sense to me for how would such an object's orbit be in such harmony with the earth's orbit?

So this time next year that asteroid will be in our proximity again? (or many years later) I don't buy it. They just found it 3 days in advance and they think they know it's origin and orbit? I'd say that's about as unlikely as you can get. A mathematical impossibility.

They had to have seen it coming. They just discovered a "new moon" circling Saturn- but they didn't see an asteroid headed towards Earth? I don't believe that one. Maybe it's "taboo" to let that news leak out- kinda like it was when I was a kid- when it was against the law to say that there was a chance of tornadoes in the forecast. They thought it would induce public panic.
Quoting P451:
I'm not sure if anyone saw it, I sure never knew they existed, but it appears we have these small remote control model planes that we've flown into hurricanes the past couple of years to gain data with.

I found it interesting, I caught the tail end of the program on Discovery or National Geographic, one of those channels, but I can't for the life of me remember the name of the miniature aircraft program.

Anyone know? I'd like to read more about them. *looks at patrap*



Here is a ppt on the subject from last year's IHC (same conference Dr. Masters is attending now): www.ofcm.gov/ihc08/Presentations/Session00-Opening%20Session/01-uas%20hurricane%20030308.ppt Talks about 3 different UAS vehicles...
Quoting atmoaggie:


Here is a ppt on the subject from last year's IHC (same conference Dr. Masters is attending now): www.ofcm.gov/ihc08/Presentations/Session00-Opening%20Session/01-uas%20hurricane%20030308.ppt Talks about 3 different UAS vehicles...


And here is a small pdf: www.weather.gov/pa/files/hurricane%20hunters.pdf
It is a little low-brow...UAS details on page 2.
One more...HRD's 2007 UAS page: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/project2007/aerosonde.html. Not sure how current the stuff there is, though.
Any concerns about all those balloons coming into contact with hurricane hunter plane?
18. P451
Thanks fellas, that was the one that the TV program highlighted "In 2007, NOAA flew an Aerosonde UAS into Hurricane
Noel with great success."

Quoting spathy:
Any concerns about all those balloons coming into contact with hurricane hunter plane?


I was wondering the same thing.
Quoting P451:


Yep, and I must say given the fact we only found it 3 days in advance, just shows we are no where near able to defend ourselves from space.

I don't understand where they say that the fact that the earth would change it's orbit gives it a better chance to hit us at a later date. That does not make sense to me for how would such an object's orbit be in such harmony with the earth's orbit?

So this time next year that asteroid will be in our proximity again? (or many years later) I don't buy it. They just found it 3 days in advance and they think they know it's origin and orbit? I'd say that's about as unlikely as you can get. A mathematical impossibility.

What makes you believe it is on a one year orbit?
"The first time NOAA flew an aircraft around a storm in the late 1990s to gather data, for example, it made forecast models worse, "much worse," said former National Hurricane Center director, Max Mayfield. That was because the data wasn't evenly sampled around the storm, Mayfield said".

"You want to make sure you're making a positive impact," Mayfield said.

The balloon project now has about $1.5 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security and NOAA. Scientists have 130 of the mylar balloons available for this season's pilot project, which will begin in October. In the first use, smaller 3-foot tall balloons will fly at 12,000 feet and larger 5-foot balloons will fly at 26,000 feet, about 3,000 feet below the height of Mount Everest.

Researchers have just over two months before the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30, but are already planning ahead, hoping to bring the cost of the balloons down to a few hundred dollars but also hoping to add additional sensors that could send back other data like temperature, pressure and relative humidity.



The Balloons most likely pose no Danger to HH Aircraft as they are released Hundreds of Miles from the Storms Center,similar to How the G-4 Hi Flyer Gulfstream collects the Upper air Data,..from the environment around the system.

And Im sure the HH radars can see objects well in advance of any impact,as they would reflect back to the on-board weather radar,..

You could ask Blogger LRandyB, a blogger here who is a HH crewmember.Heres a link to his Featured Blog.Link
just bought that weather station that keeper of the gate had linked the other day!!!!...got it for $139.00 shipped on ebay,the seller has more if anyone's interested,it has all the goodies including touch screen and auto-dump on the rain gauge,any Idea's about dealing w/lighting as I live on the 3rd floor on the beach here in sarasota, FL???.......also is there a possible nor'easter in the long range around 8-10 days????....
Quoting Tazmanian:
hey all did any one here about this


Phew! Asteroid´s passing was a cosmic near-miss
Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 12:35 PM

PASADENA, Calif.
An asteroid about the size of one that blasted Siberia a century ago just buzzed by Earth.

NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported that the asteroid zoomed past Monday morning.

The asteroid named 2009 DD45 was about 48,800 miles from Earth. That is just twice the height of some telecommunications satellites and about a fifth of the distance to the Moon.

The space ball measured between 69 feet and 154 feet in diameter. The Planetary Society said that made it the same size as an asteroid that exploded over Siberia in 1908 and leveled more than 800 square miles of forest.

Most people probably didn´t notice the cosmic close call. The asteroid was only spotted two days ago and at its closest point passed over the Pacific Ocean near Tahiti.


yeah one day our near miss will become sudden impact
stillwaiting thats u.s. funds right
Quoting spathy:
Any concerns about all those balloons coming into contact with hurricane hunter plane?


They are GPS tagged, and I'd assume they factored in HH aircraft during development. My guess is they'd switch the GPS from 15-minute updates to 1 minute or less updates when the HH aircraft are entering the hurricane.
yea $139.00usd,its still the cheapest price by far,the others all sell the same unit for $158.00usd...as a matter of fact I paid this morning and asked the seller if theyd ship it today for me and they did, I already have the tracking number!!!..I can send you the sellers name. go to ebay make a best offer for $139.00 and tell send him a note that I sent you and they'll except the offer for that price,let me know....
Thanks Doctor; I'm no pro but I would rather see the WISDOM money allocated to plane fleet for airborne doppler radar which might give us more "bang for the buck" where it really counts in terms of intensity forecasting....
Thanks Pat. I figured they had ways of avoiding them. But still had to ask.
Stillwaiting you got a link the the weather station you bought?
haha i can give ya link direct
Thanks keeper
your welcome
back to work ya mule be back at break
I like the balloon idea for continuous hurricane monitoring---will be interesting to see if they really work
Thanks for the info Dr Jeff.

Welcome to Florida...hope that you get the opportunity to enjoy some nice weather this week!
Let's see if I have this right: I'm not supposed to drink bottled water, even if I put the bottles in a proper recycle stream, because to do so makes me an enemy of the Earth. I must never throw obsolete electronic equipment in the trash, or I'll be guilty of toxic Earth poisoning. But the good folks at NOAA can propose a project that would presumably dispense thousands of mylar balloons and attached telemetry packages into the ocean annually "once the project moves into production mode"? At a cost of millions of dollars? With no remediation plan mentioned?

I understand the cost of research, and the fact that collecting data to learn about and model dynamic systems may not have immediate benefit. But does such intentional pollution strike anyone else as a bit odd?

P.S. I and my household have been recycling every bit of plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard we have generated for more than 20 years. I've been an environmentalist since before many/most of the participants here were born.
Quoting P451:


I don't understand where they say that the fact that the earth would change it's orbit gives it a better chance to hit us at a later date. That does not make sense to me for how would such an object's orbit be in such harmony with the earth's orbit?


They mean that the earth's gravity can alter the orbit of asteroids that pass close by. The Apophis asteroid is a good example. In 2013 it will pass close by the earth and it's orbit will be changed setting up a possible collision in 2036.

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/risk/

They just found it 3 days in advance and they think they know it's origin and orbit? I'd say that's about as unlikely as you can get. A mathematical impossibility.



I'd agree, but I hadn't heard they had they orbit nailed down yet...

lakeEFX: the asteroid was a magnitude 10 at it's closest approach. It is likely almost completely black.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he plans to name Florida's state emergency director to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Craig Fugate was named by Obama in a statement issued by the White House Wednesday.

Fugate has been director of Florida's Division of Emergency Management since 2001.

Obama says Craig Fugate will travel with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Gulf Coast on Thursday to meet with local officials still struggling to recover from 2005 hurricanes.

Fugate previously served as Florida's assistant director for emergency management for nearly five years. Fugate has been praised for his efforts steering Florida through numerous hurricanes in the past decade.

Quoting presslord:
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he plans to name Florida's state emergency director to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Craig Fugate was named by Obama in a statement issued by the White House Wednesday.

Fugate has been director of Florida's Division of Emergency Management since 2001.

Obama says Craig Fugate will travel with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Gulf Coast on Thursday to meet with local officials still struggling to recover from 2005 hurricanes.

Fugate previously served as Florida's assistant director for emergency management for nearly five years. Fugate has been praised for his efforts steering Florida through numerous hurricanes in the past decade.



Is this a good thing or bad thing Press?
Quoting Whitefish:
Let's see if I have this right: I'm not supposed to drink bottled water, even if I put the bottles in a proper recycle stream, because to do so makes me an enemy of the Earth. I must never throw obsolete electronic equipment in the trash, or I'll be guilty of toxic Earth poisoning. But the good folks at NOAA can propose a project that would presumably dispense thousands of mylar balloons and attached telemetry packages into the ocean annually "once the project moves into production mode"? At a cost of millions of dollars? With no remediation plan mentioned?

I understand the cost of research, and the fact that collecting data to learn about and model dynamic systems may not have immediate benefit. But does such intentional pollution strike anyone else as a bit odd?

P.S. I and my household have been recycling every bit of plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard we have generated for more than 20 years. I've been an environmentalist since before many/most of the participants here were born.


LOL! Bravo!
I'm heading to Tampa on Monday,whats the long range forecasts look like down there
Orca....I dunno....I'll be interested to see what some of the Florida folks think about this guy....
Quoting Whitefish:
Let's see if I have this right: I'm not supposed to drink bottled water, even if I put the bottles in a proper recycle stream, because to do so makes me an enemy of the Earth. I must never throw obsolete electronic equipment in the trash, or I'll be guilty of toxic Earth poisoning. But the good folks at NOAA can propose a project that would presumably dispense thousands of mylar balloons and attached telemetry packages into the ocean annually "once the project moves into production mode"? At a cost of millions of dollars? With no remediation plan mentioned?

I understand the cost of research, and the fact that collecting data to learn about and model dynamic systems may not have immediate benefit. But does such intentional pollution strike anyone else as a bit odd?

P.S. I and my household have been recycling every bit of plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard we have generated for more than 20 years. I've been an environmentalist since before many/most of the participants here were born.


If they are Mylar, that, itself, could be an issue for power substations and such. Seems like last year California was trying to ban mylar balloons because escaped balloons were causing power outages.

Seems like there must be better things for a state legislature to do, though.

The pic above does not look like mylar to me...
Quoting presslord:
Orca....I dunno....I'll be interested to see what some of the Florida folks think about this guy....


As someone who lives in FL ,I thought he did a good job during the 04 and 05 seasons. He didn't spook anybody and I think he's a good fit.
Quoting Orcasystems:


Is this a good thing or bad thing Press?


Orca, can't speak much on the man, but I can tell you that Florida does seem to do better than many others in the aftermath of 'canes. Partly due, of course, to the fact that we know there is a huge target painted on us. Our utilities for instance do a great job of prepositioning and response. Things really got stress tested in 2004. It's never an easy thing, but recovery efforts were pretty smooth compared to others I have seen. There was no finger pointing or blame game. No sitting around waiting for Washington to get here. Everybody just went to work. How much of this can be credited to state emergency management is unclear. Of course, we haven't had an Ike or Katrina in a major metropolitan area in a long time either.
Quoting RobDaHood:


Orca, can't speak much on the man, but I can tell you that Florida does seem to do better than many others in the aftermath of 'canes. Partly due, of course, to the fact that we know there is a huge target painted on us. Our utilities for instance do a great job of prepositioning and response. Things really got stress tested in 2004. It's never an easy thing, but recovery efforts were pretty smooth compared to others I have seen. There was no finger pointing or blame game. No sitting around waiting for Washington to get here. Everybody just went to work. How much of this can be credited to state emergency management is unclear. Of course, we haven't had an Ike or Katrina in a major metropolitan area in a long time either.


Ya we also owe a lot of credit to Jeb Bush. I know what your thinking he's a bush but he's the only one i would trust. He made sure everything got to where it was going after the hurricanes.
48. hahaguy

Didn't put that in there to avoid politics, but yes, Jeb was a great guy in a crisis. Laid it all out plain and simple and gave people a feeling of confidence. Cool calm and in control
Quoting stillwaiting:
just bought that weather station that keeper of the gate had linked the other day!!!!...got it for $139.00 shipped on ebay,the seller has more if anyone's interested,it has all the goodies including touch screen and auto-dump on the rain gauge,any Idea's about dealing w/lighting as I live on the 3rd floor on the beach here in sarasota, FL???.......also is there a possible nor'easter in the long range around 8-10 days????....


Mr. Waiting, I could not find a best offer item for that unit on Ebay. Only a non-pc unit for $129 and a PC connected unit for $159 any links to the item? Additionally, if you are only using a battery powered device( no wire connection ) , grounding should not be an issue for you should have lightning rods up there already. If you hard wire power to a device like a webcam in that environment, thats a whole different senario.
Quoting NEwxguy:
I'm heading to Tampa on Monday,whats the long range forecasts look like down there


Here is a 7 day link, I must warn you, it looks depressing. High 80 low 60 over and over again. :)Link
Quoting NEwxguy:
I'm heading to Tampa on Monday,whats the long range forecasts look like down there


Yeah, come on down...can't promise you perfect weather, but I'm sure it will be an improvement over what you've become accustomed to lately!


Story:Link

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Wednesday tapped Florida emergency manager Craig Fugate to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency, turning to a Republican appointee who has steered the Southern state through numerous hurricanes since 2001.

In a statement issued by the White House, Obama said he plans to nominate Fugate who will help the administration "improve our preparedness, response and recovery efforts."

Obama said Fugate will travel with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Gulf Coast on Thursday to meet with local officials still struggling to recover from 2005 hurricanes.

Fugate, who faces Senate confirmation once he is nominated, has been director of Florida's Division of Emergency Management since 2001, chosen by former Gov. Jeb Bush. He was retained by current Gov. Charlie Crist. Both governors are Republicans.

Before that, Fugate was the agency's assistant director for more than four years
Quoting Ossqss:


Mr. Waiting, I could not find a best offer item for that unit on Ebay. Only a non-pc unit for $129 and a PC connected unit for $159 any links to the item? Additionally, if you are only using a battery powered device( no wire connection ) , grounding should not be an issue for you should have lightning rods up there already. If you hard wire power to a device like a webcam in that environment, thats a whole different senario.



the sellers name is scottp1955,do an advanced search!!!
I'm not worried about knocking the units power out its batt operated,I'm worried about it attracting a lightning strike and I'll need to ground the post I'll be installing it on...
Quoting stillwaiting:



the sellers name is scottp1955,do an advanced search!!!


Bingo, thanks a bunch
Quoting Ossqss:


Here is a 7 day link, I must warn you, it looks depressing. High 80 low 60 over and over again. :)Link

ROTFL,just my luck! Thanks for the depressing news.
Quoting RobDaHood:


Yeah, come on down...can't promise you perfect weather, but I'm sure it will be an improvement over what you've become accustomed to lately!


you got that right,I got my pale white skin to prove it too.
if your interested put in a abest offer of $139.00 and send them a message that I sent you..they'll except it for that price then!!!,when I've got mine all set I'll let everyone know how its working as well..
Quoting stillwaiting:
if your interested put in a abest offer of $139.00 and send them a message that I sent you..they'll except it for that price then!!!,when I've got mine all set I'll let everyone know how its working as well..


Thanks, I would really like to see one of these in a store. Do you know if they sell this brand anywhere locally? I am in Bradenton just north of you. The seller has 92 left so I would assume they will be around for a bit. Let me know how you like it upon installation. Take care. ED
I love your up to the minute weather. Where on the Wunderground site can I find averages and are they avalable for Europe?
June Carey
New Products from RAMSDIS. Though not most graphically impressive I do like the new water vapor products that analyze the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere separately. Now if they only had something like this for the tropics...
Link


Is this it? 3/4 down the page
Quoting Ossqss:


Thanks, I would really like to see one of these in a store. Do you know if they sell this brand anywhere locally? I am in Bradenton just north of you. The seller has 92 left so I would assume they will be around for a bit. Let me know how you like it upon installation. Take care. ED
from what i gather from orignal designer the unit was mainly produce for wind monitoring for purpose of setting up wind turbines in ideal locations
so this may have only just been made aval.to the general population and may have been accessible to people in the field for which it was meant for only at one time
they also inform me that this is the only weather station they make at this time
Hey Drak, Kudos on nailing the frigid temps and snow in the South this past weekend way before any of the official forecasts picked up on it.
Why does AccuWeather charge 250$ for most of the products the NWS has? I thought it was about public saftey and not the money...
I bet Joe Bastardi uses some of that money to dye his hair and for botox injections.
Quoting captainhunter:
Hey Drak, Kudos on nailing the frigid temps and snow in the South this past weekend way before any of the official forecasts picked up on it.


Thanks...
Quoting SevereHurricane:
Why does AccuWeather charge 250$ for most of the products the NWS has? I thought it was about public saftey and not the money...
I bet Joe Bastardi uses some of that money to dye his hair and for botox injections.


Your money sponsers this .

This is my favorite..

Geoffrey , Lmao that video is great
I'm sad to see they may take Craig Fugate from FL. It most likely would be fantastic for the rest of the country. Great speaker, wonderful job here. Not just saying it cause my Grandfather said he's a distant cousin of mine either.
69 oh that guy was terrible
there was someone one the weather channel that said tropical storm Josephine made a landfall ( while mentioning the consecutive US landfall record)I got annoyed and nearly called them, he also is kind of like that guy in 69 just a little better
Here is the schedule for the confrence. What a line up.
98P

74 that is pretty impressive
when does the retired list for 08 come out? I know it's in spring just the date I don't know
69.

LMAO!!!
That was absoulutly the worst weatherman ever!
I bet he had over the top ratings after that!
Thank you for your postcard, Dr. Masters! :)

Here is an update about my preparations for hunting hurricanes in 2009.

I now have practically everything I need to "safely" enter and survive an extreme hurricane zone.

My safety equipment list is comprehensive. Included items are:

1) Riot police helment with face guard. The helmet will be equipped with a Cobra CBTH1 Bluetooth headset that will be fed via a Jabra Bluetooth receiver directly into the camera.

2) Safety goggles with prescription lens

3) silk undergarment with 2-layers of Kevlar undergarments over them

4) Hockey shoulder pads, lacrosse arm guards, baseball catcher chest pad and knee/shin guards, kung-fu thigh pads, and athletic cup

5) Waterproof socks

6) Waterproof backpack that will carry an air cylinder/regulator with a 20-minute air supply, water pouch, and 8-hours of tape/battery pouches

7) Motorcycle riding boots

8) Mustand 3085D inflatable life vest

9) Special edition Frogg Toggs as my outer garment, so I'll be stylin'! Frogg Toggs is one of my sponsors this year.

My technical equipment includes:

1) Canon HV20 HD Camera

2) Underwater camera housing

3) Shot-gun microphone that will also be Bluetooth enabled directly into the mic input of the camera

4) Inspeed wind guage good to +125 mph

Within the next few weeks, my team and I will begin testing this safety / technical gear using our community pool and local fire department. Both tests will be taped in HD and edited into a 10-minute show on YouTube. The premiere of the show is set for June 1st, 2009.

Also on June 1st, 2009...I will be interviewed on HurricaneCity.com and they too will debut the "Experience the Preparation for Hunting Hurricanes" show same day.

My feedback from my friends, acquaintances, and strangers have all been what I expected. Many think it's a pretty cool thing and many think that it's a pretty crazy thing.

Either way you see it, one thing is for sure. If a hurricane dares threaten the U.S. this year, there's a likely possibility that I'll be there a day or two ahead of it and ready to capture one of the most intriguing and destructive forces on Earth.

Till next time...and thanks again Dr. Masters!

CycloneOz---
Quoting all4hurricanes:
74 that is pretty impressive
when does the retired list for 08 come out? I know it's in spring just the date I don't know


Names will be considered for retirement at the WMO RA IV Hurricane Committee - Thirty-First session in Nassau, April 20-24. Summary of the last season in pdf format is available from that site along with region specific reports.
GALVESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT CUTTING ANOTHER 175 JOBS

Budget shortfall could hit $17 million. 55 jobs have already been cut.

49 Elementary teachers
44 middle school teachers
18 high school teachers

GONE

64 others such as groundskeepers,custodians,building engineers,principals,asst. principles,counslers,nurses,librarians,
secretaries, and others.

GONE

45 have already accepted buyouts and are gone

All due to Hurricane Ike....Galveston TX,
The first American city in modern times to experience a Deppression in this day and age
2,800 UTMB hospital employees
Shriners Burn Institute leaves Island

GONE

Businesses on Strand District

GONE

Middle class citizens

GONE
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.
Quoting RitaEvac:
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.


That's creepy
82. Ditto
Quoting RitaEvac:
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.
Really hate to see Florida facing the possibility of losing Craig Fugate... Hey Charlie Christ, give him a raise! We need him in Florida!
Wow, ª¿à -- I am not sure how to, Uh, ????
Quoting RitaEvac:
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.


FOUND
Quoting Beachfoxx:
Really hate to see Florida facing the possibility of losing Craig Fugate... Hey Charlie Christ, give him a raise! We need him in Florida!


I agree with ya. HE did a great job during the 04 and 05 season for us in fl.
Quoting RitaEvac:
Man found in open casket over the weekend is found on Bolivar Penninsula with hospital wrist band on almost 6 months after IKE.


That just left me completely speechless. All I can say is WOW.
Quoting CycloneOz:
Thank you for your postcard, Dr. Masters! :)

Here is an update about my preparations for hunting hurricanes in 2009.

I now have practically everything I need to "safely" enter and survive an extreme hurricane zone.

My safety equipment list is comprehensive. Included items are:

1) Riot police helment with face guard. The helmet will be equipped with a Cobra CBTH1 Bluetooth headset that will be fed via a Jabra Bluetooth receiver directly into the camera.

2) Safety goggles with prescription lens

3) silk undergarment with 2-layers of Kevlar undergarments over them

4) Hockey shoulder pads, lacrosse arm guards, baseball catcher chest pad and knee/shin guards, kung-fu thigh pads, and athletic cup

5) Waterproof socks

6) Waterproof backpack that will carry an air cylinder/regulator with a 20-minute air supply, water pouch, and 8-hours of tape/battery pouches

7) Motorcycle riding boots

8) Mustand 3085D inflatable life vest

9) Special edition Frogg Toggs as my outer garment, so I'll be stylin'! Frogg Toggs is one of my sponsors this year.

My technical equipment includes:

1) Canon HV20 HD Camera

2) Underwater camera housing

3) Shot-gun microphone that will also be Bluetooth enabled directly into the mic input of the camera

4) Inspeed wind guage good to +125 mph

Within the next few weeks, my team and I will begin testing this safety / technical gear using our community pool and local fire department. Both tests will be taped in HD and edited into a 10-minute show on YouTube. The premiere of the show is set for June 1st, 2009.

Also on June 1st, 2009...I will be interviewed on HurricaneCity.com and they too will debut the "Experience the Preparation for Hunting Hurricanes" show same day.

My feedback from my friends, acquaintances, and strangers have all been what I expected. Many think it's a pretty cool thing and many think that it's a pretty crazy thing.

Either way you see it, one thing is for sure. If a hurricane dares threaten the U.S. this year, there's a likely possibility that I'll be there a day or two ahead of it and ready to capture one of the most intriguing and destructive forces on Earth.

Till next time...and thanks again Dr. Masters!

CycloneOz---
you should check in to a live feed if you were in the surge i watch be kinda neat watchin ya bob around in the water make sure ya get some flashin lights on that outfit so we can find ya

lol
Quoting cchsweatherman:


That just left me completely speechless. All I can say is WOW.
that happens you could come across bodies for years in the ike zone its normal for hurricanes to have such occurences even more so with a high missing count
Consider a Buoyancy compensator Scuba Vest and a snakebite kit if surfing the surge.



89.

I've been mocked by better... :)

But I guarantee, you will not be able to resist the urge to hit the play button on YouTube when it's time.
The thing I'm wondering about these balloons is that students are to release them into hurricanes...so that means they're filling them and releasing them during the storm?

Sounds dangerous.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Brisbane
Tropical Cyclone Outlook
FORECAST CORAL SEA AND AREAS WEST OF 160E
2:15 pm CST March 5 2009
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A low pressure system is located over the north-west Coral Sea about 360 kms northeast of Cooktown. The low is expected to move slowly southwards during the next 24 to 48 hours. The chance of this system developing into a tropical cyclone during the next 24 to 48 hours is high
Where does the name "Hamish" come from anyway?
I think it's gaelic. Pulled together quick. Great divergance lacks convergance~ 5-10kts shear & falling. quickscat has missed the last 2 passes.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Brisbane
Tropical Cyclone Advice Number ONE
TROPICAL LOW (11U) - LOW #17 from BOM
4:50 PM EST March 5 2009
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At 4:00 PM EST, Tropical Low [1000 hPa] located at 12.9S 147.9E or 390 kms east of Lockhart River and 470 kms north northeast of Cairns has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving southwest at 4 knots.

The Tropical Low is expected to move south southwest while deepening, and may develop into a Tropical Cyclone on Friday.

Gales are not expected to affect coastal or island communities within 24 hours, however gales may develop about coastal and island communities later.

Tropical Cyclone Watch
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A Cyclone WATCH has been declared for coastal and island communities from Cape Melville to Bowen.

Technical Bulletin Information
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Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 13.7S 146.7E - 35 knots (CAT 1)
24 HRS: 14.8S 146.5E - 45 knots (CAT 1)
48 HRS: 17.1S 147.5E - 60 knots (CAT 2)
72 HRS: 19.5S 148.9E - 60 knots (CAT 2)

Remarks
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Deep convection wraps 0.55 on log10 spiral. DT is 2.5. MET supports. System is expected to continue to intensify under weak shear.

This cyclone looks like it will reach cat 1 by our standards.
54 Degrees SWFL -- this is really nice to see this morning. Now if we could get some rain -- Spring isn't looking too green so far this year.... fact is according to the drought/fire map Spring is the color of chili peppers!