Mean streak: hurricane season roars along.
Robert W. Burpee
The burpee is a calisthenic exercise performed to increase strength and explosiveness. , the new director of the National Hurricane Center The U.S. National Hurricane Center, located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, is the division of National Weather Service's Tropical Prediction Center responsible for tracking and predicting the likely behavior of tropical depressions, tropical storms and in Miami, has endured a trial by storm. With a month still to go in his first season on the job, the Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean [Lat.,=of Atlas], second largest ocean (c.31,800,000 sq mi/82,362,000 sq km; c.36,000,000 sq mi/93,240,000 sq km with marginal seas). Physical Geography
Extent and Seas
had produced seven hurricanes and six named tropical storms, making this year, as of Sept. 26, the third most active hurricane season Hurricane season refers to a period in a year when hurricanes usually form. For more information see: Tropical cyclone#Times of formation.
For a lists of past seasons, see:
Burpee and other weather officials gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to review the storms thus far and to tout several major advances in hurricane forecasting. "This storm prediction season has been very, very good," said Joe Friday Detective Sergeant Joe Friday was a fictional character created and played by American actor, television producer, and writer Jack Webb (1920-1982) on Dragnet. The series ran on radio (1949-1956) and television (1952-1959 and 1967-1970), and there was also a theatrical , director of the National Weather Service in Silver Spring, Md. "We're seeing the benefits of new observing tools, new computer models, and new procedures that we're using at the hurricane center."
One of the new tools, the GOES-8 weather satellite, gives the weather service more detailed images of the tropical Atlantic The Tropical Atlantic realm is one of twelve marine realms that cover the world's coastal seas and continental shelves.
The Tropical Atlantic covers both sides of the Atlantic. , the breeding ground for hurricanes. The hurricane center also started using an improved computer forecasting model this year, boosting the accuracy of its forecasts by 20 percent in some cases.
The weather service this summer flew its two P-3 aircraft on simultaneous crisscrossing flights into several hurricanes, giving them more information than routine hurricane research flights usually produce. "These are the most complete pictures of hurricanes that we have ever obtained," said Hugh E. Willoughby, acting director of the Hurricane Research Division in Miami.
Hurricane reconnaissance will improve next year, when the weather service acquires a Gulfstream jet. The jet can fly at 45,000 feet, much higher than the turbo-propeller P-3s. The lofty vantage point will enable scientists to survey the tops of hurricanes, where upper-level winds help steer storms.