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Mark Powell
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David Bowman
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David Gilhousen
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Shirley Murillo
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Nick Carrasco
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Russell St. Fleur

Photographs describing the wind exposure at automatic weather stations susceptible to tropical cyclones are now available on Web pages at the National Climatic Data Center and the National Data Buoy Center. Given the exposure for one of eight wind direction sectors, a user may estimate the aerodynamic roughness and correct mean wind measurements to an open-terrain exposure. The open-terrain exposure is consistent with the tropical cyclone advisories and forecasts issued by the National Weather Service, as well as building design wind load standards published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Robert Rogers
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Sim Aberson
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Michael Black
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Peter Black
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Joe Cione
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Peter Dodge
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Jason Dunion
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John Gamache
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John Kaplan
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Mark Powell
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Nick Shay
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Naomi Surgi
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Eric Uhlhorn

In 2005, NOAA's Hurricane Research Division (HRD), part of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, began a multiyear experiment called the Intensity Forecasting Experiment (IFEX). By emphasizing a partnership among NOAA's HRD, Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), National Hurricane Center (NHC), Aircraft Operations Center (AOC), and National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service (NESDIS), IFEX represents a new approach for conducting hurricane field program operations. IFEX is intended to improve the prediction of tropical cyclone (TC) intensity change by 1) collecting observations that span the TC life cycle in a variety of environments; 2) developing and refining measurement technologies that provide improved real-time monitoring of TC intensity, structure, and environment; and 3) improving the understanding of the physical processes important in intensity change for a TC at all stages of its life cycle.

This paper presents a summary of the accomplishments of IFEX during the 2005 hurricane season. New and refined technologies for measuring such fields as surface and three-dimensional wind fields, and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, were achieved in a variety of field experiments that spanned the life cycle of several tropical cyclones, from formation and early organization to peak intensity and subsequent landfall or extratropical transition. Partnerships with other experiments during 2005 also expanded the spatial and temporal coverage of the data collected in 2005. A brief discussion of the plans for IFEX in 2006 is also provided.

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Roy Rasmussen
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Marcia Politovich
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John Marwitz
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Wayne Sand
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John McGinley
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John Smart
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Roger Pielke
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Steve Rutledge
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Doug Wesley
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Greg Stossmeister
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Ben Bernstein
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Kim Elmore
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Nick Powell
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Ed Westwater
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B. Boba Stankov
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Don Burrows

Field studies in support of the Winter Icing and Storms Project (WISP) were conducted in the Colorado Front Range area from 1 February to 31 March 1990 (WISP90) and from 15 January to 5 April 1991 (WISP91). The main goals of the project are to study the processes leading to the formation and depletion of supercooled liquid water in winter storms and to improve forecasts of aircraft icing. During the two field seasons, 2 research aircraft, 4 Doppler radars, 49 Mesonet stations, 7 CLASS sounding systems, 3 microwave radiometers, and a number of other facilities were deployed in the Front Range area. A comprehensive dataset was obtained on 8 anticyclonic storms, 16 cyclonic storms, and 9 frontal passages.

This paper describes the objectives of the experiment, the facilities employed, the goals and results of a forecasting exercise, and applied research aspects of WISP. Research highlights are presented for several studies under way to illustrate the types of analysis being pursued. The examples chosen include topics on anticyclonic upslope storms, heavy snowfall, large droplets, shallow cold fronts, ice crystal formation and evolution, and numerical model performance.

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