May 17, 2007
TO ANNOUNCE 2007 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK
will release the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook on May 22, 2007.
NOAA and U.S. Air Force Reserve hurricane research and reconnaissance
aircraft will be available at the hangar for inspection and air crew
members will be on hand for interviews. Aircraft will include NOAA's
WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream IV, and a U.S. Air Force Reserve WC-130J.
News conference to announce NOAA's 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook.
An audio feed will be available for media. Please call David Miller
for the phone numbers and pass code. A satellite media tour will be
available with Gerry Bell, NOAA Climate Prediction Center lead seasonal
Atlantic hurricane forecaster, from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT. Booking
for SMT: David Miller at (202) 482-0013.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 11:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Signature Flight Support
General Aviation Terminal Hangar 7
Vice Admiral Conrad
C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret.), undersecretary of commerce for
oceans and atmosphere, and NOAA administrator
David Paulison, administrator of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, and undersecretary of homeland security
for emergency preparedness and response
director, NOAA National Hurricane Center
Gerry Bell, NOAA Climate Prediction
Center, lead seasonal Atlantic hurricane forecaster
Video equipment must be set by 10:30 a.m. Members of the media will
check-in at the General Aviation Terminal at Signature Flight Services.
Credentials, a news media badge with photo or a photo ID with a business
card, must be presented. Parking is available only at the economy lot
directly adjacent to the General Aviation Terminal. Parking for satellite
media trucks is limited. Please contact David Miller at (202) 482-0013
at Reagan National Airport by Metrorail disembark at the National Airport
Station, proceed to the ground floor of the airport and board a courtesy
airport shuttle to Economy Parking. A map of Ronald Reagan National
Airport is available at http://www.metwashairports.com/reagan/parking_transportation_4/parking_2
NOAA SUPPORT FOR HURRICANE FORECASTING AND RESEARCH
warnings and forecasts are a top priority for NOAA.
than $300 million dedicated to these services in 2006.
NOAA National Hurricane Center budget has increased 32 percent, from
$4.6 million in 2003 to $6.3 million in 2007.
Research improves hurricane forecasting
2005, more than $40 million in additional funding has been allocated
to research and operational efforts as well as additional personnel.
track forecasting has improved significantly—with NOAA's five-day
forecast now as accurate as three-day forecasts were ten years ago.
24-hour track deviations—forecast versus actual—have been
reduced from 230 nautical miles in 1987 to 99 nautical miles in 2005.
the 2007 hurricane season, the NOAA National Hurricane Center will
begin operational use of NOAA's next generation tropical cyclone model,
the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting model, or HWRF, which
will enhance the Hurricane Center's ability to predict storm intensity.
funding for hurricane-related operations in 2006 included:
million for weather satellite operations
million to support forecast operations at coastal weather forecast
million for weather supercomputers
million for NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft operations
million for NOAA National Hurricane Center operations
million for NOAA Hurricane Research Division
resources for hurricane research since 2005 included:
- $5 million
in increases to accelerate the next generation Hurricane Forecast
Model that is being placed into operations for the 2007 hurricane
million to deploy and operate 15 new hurricane data buoys.
million to improve storm surge forecast from hurricane events.
million to install a new radar system on NOAA's hurricane surveillance
million for improved warning dissemination and backup communications.
million for hurricane intensity research.
million to install Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer instruments
on two NOAA and 10 U.S. Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft.
These instruments provide essential data on hurricane structure, surface
wind and rain rate.
National Hurricane Center
Greg Romano, NOAA
National Weather Service, (301) 713-0622
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