The most active hurricane season to date: Share with your viewers how NOAA satellites are helping better predict this extremely busy season.
NOAA’s most advanced fleet of Earth science satellites: Keeping you safer with unprecedented hurricane views
Atlantic hurricane season got off to an early and busy start this year, and has been breaking records along the way. As we head into the peak of hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, has you covered with its most advanced fleet of Earth science satellites to date.
Data from NOAA’s newest environmental satellites is helping make hurricane forecasts and warnings the most accurate they’ve ever been.
We have NOAA hurricane experts available virtually for live or taped video call interviews on Wednesday August 19 from 6 a.m. EDT to 12 p.m. EDT. They are here to answer your questions about the latest science NOAA is using for hurricane monitoring and forecasting during this active season.
To Schedule an interview fill out this form: https://forms.gle/7iwTiKy2rJZMxd1n8 Interviews will be conducted using video chat programs including Skype in 15-minute slots. For example 600-615 ET, 615-630 ET, etc. Satellite interviews are not available. **Spanish interviews are available**
NOAA operates a fleet of Earth-observing satellites.The Joint Polar Satellite System, JPSS, views the entire Earth from low-Earth orbit, capturing data over each spot twice a day. They take precise measurements of sea surface temperatures and atmospheric temperature and moisture, which are particularly useful in helping forecasters predict a hurricane’s path 3-7 days ahead of time. JPSS satellites also view hurricanes at night and monitor power outages for emergency response.
NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, GOES, orbit high above Earth, constantly watching the entire Western Hemisphere. Data from GOES allow forecasters to watch hurricanes in motion to determine how the storm is evolving and where it’s headed next. They also provide detailed information of a hurricane’s eye, wind estimates, and lightning activity. This information is critical for estimating a storm’s intensity. Together, these satellites give a complete picture of what’s happening below, helping forecasters better understand and predict the behavior of hurricanes and warn us of what’s to come.
Chris Slocum, atmospheric scientist, NOAA Satellite and Information Service
Kevin Fryar, meteorologist, NOAA GOES-R program (former hurricane hunter weather officer).
Dan Lindsey, NOAA GOES-R program scientist
*Jose Galvez, International Desk, NOAA National Weather Service (Spanish speaking talent)
Jason Dunion, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Hurricane Research Division
Jim Yoe, NOAA National Weather Service
Derrick Herndon, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
Isha Renta, National Weather Service forecaster
Suggested questions 1. As we enter the peak of Atlantic hurricane season, can you tell us what makes this year’s season different from others in the past? (talk about the average number of hurricanes that happen yearly and compare to the large amount that are predicted for this year.) 2. NOAA, (pronounced NOAH) has made major improvements to its newest satellites; how are they enhancing the way we forecast and monitor hurricanes? (talk about how this is the first time a whole set of new fleet is detecting and monitoring hurricanes) 3. What’s NOAA’s latest outlook for the remainder of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season? 4. What's the greatest public safety threat from hurricanes for our viewers here at xxx; how are these satellites helping keep them safe? 5. Where can our audience learn more about this hurricane season?
Longer suggested questions 1. How do El Niño and La Niña (ENSO) affect the hurricane season, and how do satellites track and forecast ENSO? 2. How does the Saharan Air/Dust Layer impact hurricane activity and how do satellites monitor it? 3. What environmental data/information from satellites is used for NOAA’s hurricane models, forecasts and warnings?