The 2011 NOAA Hurricane Conference was held in Miami FL on 29 November – 2 December, 2011. This conference provides an opportunity for the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service, and other folks from NOAA to review the past Hurricane season and discuss changes to improve service and science during future tropical cyclone events.
The tropical cyclone winds CSTAR team drafted an agenda item for the conference. Nick Petro (WCM RAH) presented agenda item 11-48 – Improvements to the process to create tropical cyclone wind/wind gust grids, on behalf of the team. The agenda item was a request for the Tropical Hazards Team and GFE developers to work with the tropical cyclone winds CSTAR team to add additional science and improve collaboration in the creation of tropical cyclone wind and wind gust grids by updating the TCMWindTool and creating a new TCWindGustTool.
The reaction to the agenda item from conference participants including WFOs and NHC was very positive and enthusiastic. After some discussion, it was noted that the AWIPS program office will be approached to provide support/funding for GFE developers at GSD to work on a variety of tropical cyclone associated items including those directly related to the CSTAR project. The agenda item was agreed to and will be carried forward.
As the research matures and proposed alterations to the forecast methodologies and tools manifest, the CSTAR team will contact the appropriate members of the Tropical Hazards Team and NHC to provide updates and suggestions. Changes to the methodologies and tools that are agreed to will then be shared with GFE developers.