Esmaili, R., Barnet, C., Dunion, J., Folmer, M., & Zawislak, J. (2022). Evaluating Satellite Sounders for Monitoring the Tropical Cyclone Environment in Operational Forecasting. Remote Sensing, 14(13), 3189.
Abstract: Tropical cyclones can form over open ocean where in situ observations are limited, so
forecasters rely on satellite observations to monitor their development and track. We explore the utility
of an operational satellite sounding product for tropical forecasting by characterizing the products
retrieval skill during research flights. Scientists from both the NOAA-Unique Combined Atmospheric
Processing System (NUCAPS) research team and tropical cyclone communities collaborated to target
relevant tropical cyclones during the campaign. This effort produced 130 dropsondes that are welltimed with satellite sounder overpasses over three different tropical cyclones and one Saharan Air