Tropical cyclone structure.
Tropical cyclone intensity change.
Tropical cyclone diurnal processes.
Data impact studies.
Sarah Ditchek, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist (University of Miami/CIMAS), Hurricane Research Division
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149
Dr. Sarah Ditchek’s research focuses on quantifying the impact of tropical cyclone (TC) reconnaissance data on TC track, intensity, and structure forecasts. In doing so, she created, maintains, and adds new capabilities to a publicly-available, comprehensive TC-verification visualization package (GROOT). This package generates uniform, publication-ready graphics on error statistics, assimilated observations, and various dynamic and thermodynamic fields using output from HWRF, HAFS, or GFS. She also provides verification graphics for individual TCs worldwide as well as all TCs by basin for the Post-TC Verification page on the AOML Hurricane Model Viewer, a public-facing government website hosted by AOML. She received her B.S. in Geology and Geophysics with a concentration in Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate from Yale University in 2014 and her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany in 2019. Her previous research focused on the following topics: monsoon disturbances, the tropical cyclone outflow layer, tropical cyclone intensity change, and tropical cyclone diurnal pulses (her dissertation topic). For more details on her research including papers, a CV, and a diurnal pulse archive, please visit her website.
2019, Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES), University at Albany, Albany, NY
Dissertation Title: On the Frequency, Structure, and Characteristics of Tropical Cyclone Diurnal Pulses
2014, B.S. Department of Geology and Geophysics (Concentration: Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate), Yale University, New Haven, CT
Thesis Title: A Genesis Potential Index for Asian-Australian Monsoon Low Pressure Systems
- Ditchek, S.D., and J.A. Sippel. A comparison of the impacts of inner-core, over-vortex, and environmental dropsondes on tropical cyclone forecasts during the 2017-2020 hurricane seasons. Weather and Forecasting, 38(11):2169-2187, https://doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-23-0055.1 2023
- Ditchek, S.D., J.A. Sippel, G.J. Alaka Jr., S.B. Goldenberg, And L. Cucurull. A systematic assessment of the overall dropsonde impact during the 2017-2020 hurricane seasons using the basin-scale HWRF. Weather and Forecasting, 38(6):789-816, https://doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-22-0102.1 2023
- Ditchek, S.D., J.A. Sippel, P.J. Marinescu, and G.J. Alaka, Jr. Improving best-track verification of tropical cyclones: A new metric to identify forecast consistency. Weather and Forecasting, 38(6):817-831, https://doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-22-0168.1 2023