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National Hurricane Operations Plan -
Available by single year below or collectively in catalog.


Note - years 2005 onward are available from the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology (OFCM) - Publication website

How 'good' are the best tracks? - Estimating uncertainty in the Atlantic hurricane database.
Landsea, C. W., and J. L. Franklin, 2013:Monthly Weather Review (in press).

"This paper estimates the uncertainty (average error) for Atlantic Basin
best track parameters through a survey of the Hurricane Specialists
who maintain and update the Atlantic hurricane database.
A comparison is then made with a survey conducted over a decade
ago to qualitatively assess changes in the uncertainties. Finally, we
discuss the implications of the uncertainty estimates for NHC analysis
and forecast products as well as for the prediction goals of
the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program.

This paper also has documentation about the new HURDAT2
format of the database, which has been recently released."

Chris Landsea
Science and Operations Officer
NOAA/NWS/NCEP/National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Reports 1954 -2005  - "Beginning with Hurricanes Edna and Hazel in 1954 and ending with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Hurricane Reports contain preliminary advisories and reports with bulletins issued by the U.S. Weather Bureau and in some instances post hurricane service assessments."

The National Hurricane Research Project: 50 Years of Research, Rough Rides,and Name Changes by Neil M. Dorst (scroll down under 'Articles).

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory - Search Publication Screen

AOML Hurricane Research Division Publications

HRD Reanalysis Project Publications

Guidance for estimating surface winds based on sea state observations from aircraft and sea state catalog

Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Support Research (1983)      

NOAA Central Library Government Documents

NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research - Audio Casts

Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology

Additional Titltes

Weather and Climate Extremes in Changing Climate Regions of Focus: North American, Hawaii, Caribbean, and U.S. Pacific Islands

COMET Program - "Introduction to Tropical Meteorology" 
This module is available in the NWS Learning Center for NWS and other NOAA
                                    "Weather Radar Fundamentals." This 2-hour module is intended as an introduction
                                     to the basic principles of Doppler weather radar operation and interpretation."
                                     "Satellite Feature Identification: Atmospheric Rivers". This 1-hour module
                                     guides learner through the definition, components, and impacts of Atmospheric Rivers (ARs),
                                     with an emphasize on satellite observation tools.

Advances and Challenges at the National Hurricane Center  by
Edward N. Rappaport, James L. Franklin,  Lixion A. Avila,  Stephen R. Baig,John L. Beven II,  Eric S. Blake,
Christopher A. Burr,  Jiann-Gwo Jiing,  Christopher A. Juckins,  Richard D. Knabb,  Christopher W.Landsea, 
Michelle Mainelli,  Max Mayfield,& Colin J. McAdie, Richard J. Pasch,  Christopher Sisko,  Stacy R. Stewart,
and Ahsha N. Tribble
Weather and Forecasting
v. 24, no. 410 dpi:10.1175/2008WAF2222128.1

Air–Sea Exchange in Hurricanes: Synthesis of Observations from the Coupled Boundary Layer Air–Sea Transfer Experiment
 (once on AMS screen scroll down to find title)
Peter G. Black,  Eric A. D'Asaro,  William M. Drennan,  Jeffrey R. French,  Pearn P. Niiler,  Thomas B.Sanford,  Eric J. Terrill, 
Edward J. Walsh, and Jun A. Zhang
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume 88, Issue 3 (March 2007) pp. 357–374

Misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty in Florida during The 2004 Hurricane Season 
 (once on AMS screen scroll down to find title)
 Kenneth Broad,  Anthony Leiserowitz,  Jessica Weinkle, and Marissa Steketee
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume 88, Issue 5 (may 2007) pp. 651-66

Prediction of Consensus Tropical Cyclone Track Forecast Error 
James S. Goerss
Monthly Weather Review
Volume 135, Issue 5 (May 2007) pp. 1985–199

Statistical Tropical Cyclone Wind Radii Prediction Using Climatology and Persistence  
John A. Knaff,  Charles R. Sampson,  Mark DeMaria,  Timothy P. Marchok, James M. Gross, and
Colin J. McAdie
 Weather and ForecastingVolume 22, Issue 4 (August 2007) pp. 781–791

Reexamination of Tropical Cyclone Wind–Pressure Relationships
John A. Knaff and Raymond M. Zehr
Weather and Forecasting
Volume 22, Issue 1 (February 2007) pp. 71–88

Estimating Hurricane Wind Structure in the Absence of Aircraft Reconnaissance
James P. Kossin,  John A. Knaff,  Howard I. Berger,  Derrick C. Herndon, Thomas A. Cram,
 Christopher S. Velden, Richard J. Murnane, and Jeffrey D. Hawkins
Weather and Forecasting
Volume 22, Issue 1 (February 2007) pp. 89–101

Rapid intensification, eyewall contraction, and breakdown of Hurricane Charley (2004) near landfall
no link
Lee W.-C., M. M. Bell (2007),
Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L02802, doi:10.1029/2006GL027889.

A Physics-Based Parameterization of Air–Sea Momentum Flux at High Wind Speeds and Its Impact on Hurricane Intensity Predictions
Il-Ju Moon,  Isaac Ginis,  Tetsu Hara, and Biju Thomas
Monthly Weather Review
Volume 135, Issue 8 (August 2007) pp. 2869–2878

The Advanced Dvorak Technique: Continued Development of an Objective Scheme to Estimate Tropical Cyclone Intensity Using
Geostationary Infrared Satellite Imagery
Timothy L. Olander and Christopher S. Velden
Weather and Forecasting
Volume 22, Issue 2 (April 2007) pp. 287–298

Hurricane Surface Wind Measurements from an Operational Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer
Eric W. Uhlhorn,  Peter G. Black,  James L. Franklin,  Mark Goodberlet, James Carswell, and Alan S. Goldstein
Monthly Weather Review
Volume 135, Issue 9 (September 2007) pp. 3070–3085

An In-Person Survey Investigating Public Perceptions of and Responses to Hurricane Rita Forecasts along the Texas Coast
Fuqing Zhang,  Rebecca E. Morss,  J. A. Sippel,  T. K.Beckman,  N. C. Clements,  N. L. Hampshire,  J. N. Harvey,  J. M. Hernandez, Z.C. Morgan,
 R.M. Mosier, S. Wang, and S.D. Winkley
Weather and Forecasting
Volume 22, Issue 6 (December 2007) pp. 1177-1190
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