University of Arizona researchers will report new findings about hurricanes and other tropical cyclones. The presentations highlighted here focus on improving hurricane predictions and on the effects of such storms on the U.S. Southwest.
The following news tips are based on abstracts of talks or posters to be presented at the 29th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology held May 10-14, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz. The meeting is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Tropical Meteorology.
The conference has more than 650 scheduled presentations and posters and 476 registered attendees representing 19 different countries.
All meeting sessions for the conferences will be held at The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa Tucson, 3800 W.Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, Ariz. 85745. Phone number for the resort is 520-792-3500.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Predicting Developing Hurricanes by Checking the Symmetry of Cloud Clusters
Cloud clusters that are more circular are more likely to become hurricanes, reports a team of University of Arizona researchers. However, just looking at satellite images of clumps of clouds is not an objective way to figure out which groups of clouds are symmetrical enough. Miguel Pineros and his colleagues have developed a mathematical way to measure a cloud cluster's symmetry by using infrared measurements from satellite images.Miguel Pineros, College of Optical Sciences of the University of Arizona; Elizabeth Ritchie of UA's department of atmospheric sciences; and J. Scott Tyo of UA's College of Optical Sciences.
Abstract: http://ams.confex.com/ams/29Hurricanes/techprogram/paper_168971.htmTropical Storms in Eastern Pacific Linked to Caribbean Low-Level Jet
Friday, May 14Can Counting Lightning Flashes in Hot Towers Predict Hurricane Formation?
Abstract: http://ams.confex.com/ams/29Hurricanes/techprogram/paper_169209.htmAmerican Meteorological Society Contact
Mari N. Jensen | University of Arizona
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