SFMR Data sets
The Hurricane Research Division collects Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR) data sets on some of the tropical cyclones they fly into. We collect these data sets from the NOAA P3 aircraft that are equiped with the sensors and process them at the end of each Field Program. By clicking on a storm and year from the list below you will go to a page which shows the flights with links to that data set. For information on the data format go here.
Starting in 2007, SFMR data is also available from USAF flights. The processed surface winds and rain rate from the SFMR are included in the data files for each mission, as well as the raw temperature outputs for each frequency. Similarly, SFMR data from NOAA flights is included in the NetCDF version of each flight's data.
Please note that we don't necessarily collect SFMR information
on every hurricane that occurs, so this list isn't for
all of the storms for every year. We may only process SFMR data
for flights of interest. If you would like SFMR data from a storm
you don't see listed, contact
Uhlhorn, Eric W., Peter G. Black, James L. Franklin, Mark Goodberlet, James Carswell, Alan S. Goldstein, 2007 : Hurricane Surface Wind Measurements from an Operational Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer, Monthly Weather Review, Vol. 135, No. 9 pp. 3070-3085.
Uhlhorn, E. and P. Black, 2003: Verification of remotely sensed sea surface winds in hurricanes. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., Vol. 20, pp. 99-116.
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