Tracking Hurricane Claudette with the U.S. Air Force Over-the-Horizon Radar

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  • 1 NOAA Wave Propagation Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado
  • | 2 CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
  • | 3 General Electric Company, Bangor, Maine
  • | 4 U.S. Air Force, Northeast Air Defense Sector, Bangor Air National Guard Base, Maine
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Abstract

Hurricane Claudette was successfully tracked for three days using the 2-s (7 m) surface wave direction field mapped by the U.S. Air Force OTH-B over-the-horizon radar 2400 km away on the coast of Maine. Inflow and fine structure of the surface circulation are apparent in streamline plots derived from surface wave direction measured with 60-km resolution in the vicinity of the storm for five radar runs. The radar-derived track is within 60 km of that published by the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

Abstract

Hurricane Claudette was successfully tracked for three days using the 2-s (7 m) surface wave direction field mapped by the U.S. Air Force OTH-B over-the-horizon radar 2400 km away on the coast of Maine. Inflow and fine structure of the surface circulation are apparent in streamline plots derived from surface wave direction measured with 60-km resolution in the vicinity of the storm for five radar runs. The radar-derived track is within 60 km of that published by the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

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