Southeast & Caribbean Region

SECART Hurricane X
The NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SECART) Weather Ready Nation Working Group helped to arrange two informative webinars related to the 2014 Hurricane Season in May. The webinars were planned and organized by Work Group members Rich Bandy, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Newport, NC; Steve Naglic, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the NWS Office in Columbia, SC, and Dan Brown, National Hurricane Center (NHC) Hurricane Specialist and Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

The first webinar was conducted by Robbie Berg, NHC Hurricane Specialist, on May 13, 2014. His webinar titled “New Storm Surge Products at the National Hurricane Center” focused on NHC Storm Surge Modeling and the understanding of probabilistic surge output. New enhancements to probabilistic surge modeling which now includes tide information is being used to generate a new surge inundation graphic which will be available experimentally this year on the NHC website when a tropical system threatens the US Gulf or Atlantic Coast.

The second webinar was conducted by Dan Brown on May 27, 2014, and titled “Potential National Hurricane Center Product Enhancements in 2014 and Beyond”. This webinar covered lessons learned from past storms and NHC improvements, a variety of changes to existing NHC products for 2014, as well as new enhancements being developed for future years. Some the highlights of Dan’s presentation included changes to the 48 Hour Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook and a new 5 Day version, the change to mixed case text messages for several NHC products, a review of the experimental storm surge inundation graphic, work experimenting with 7 day forecasting and pre-development watch/warning capabilities, and ended with a review of the seasonal outlook and NHC Outreach activities.

The webinars were advertised by local NWS Weather Forecast Offices throughout the Southeast and Caribbean to a variety of partners and customers, including media, emergency managers, military, first responders, and others. Attendance was high with over 100 people or groups participating for each webinar. News articles were produced from the webinars and feedback was very positive.

The slides from the presentation are available here for download:

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