Laura McGee Wins Grand Prize at Climate Lightning Talks

Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) PhD Student and OOMG member Laura McGee delivered a talk at the first ever Climate Lightning Talks: Apocalypse Now? How Extreme Weather is Affecting the Southeast and the Globe. Her talk was titled, “Hurricanes Cause Asymmetric Phytoplankton Blooms” and explained how phytoplankton activity is enhanced along the right side of hurricane tracks in the North Hemisphere. McGee…

Hurricane Irma Siphons Water Away from West Florida Coast

An interesting phenomena has been observed in the wake of Hurricane Irma as it moves along the west Florida coastline.  Several images have been put on social media of water drastically receding away from the coastline, whereas tropical storms usually result in surge as they make landfall. This phenomenon is largely due to 2 factors.  First, the winds ahead of Irma are…

Irma Landfall Update, 8-Sept

Our coupled models, initialized at 8pm on September 7th, have completed and are now able to resolve Irma making landfall in Florida sometime between 2am and 5am Sunday morning.  As a result, both the 3 and 7 day runs are capable of resolving the storm and currently point the landfall as occurring between Miami and Homestead (where Andrew made landfall in August 1992)….

Laura McGee receives support from NC Sea Grant/NC Space Grant

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Many, many thanks to NC Sea Grant and NC Space Grant for their gracious support and funding for my upcoming project, Investigation of Marine Physical-Biogeochemical Interactions During Storm Conditions Off of the North Carolina Coast. This work will use long-term satellite observations, in-situ data, and numerical model analysis to examine and quantify phytoplankton blooms and air-sea carbon exchange due to hurricanes in…

Irma 7-Day Forecast Updates (Sept 6 and 7)

Over the last few days, the 7-day forecast experiment upgrade has been working well.  Our output from forecasts initialized on the 6th and 7th are largely in line with the forecast models that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has been favoring in their forecast tracks.  We have been utilizing additional resources provided by the High Performance Computing (HPC) center at NC State…

For Irma, the First Ever 7-Day CNAPS Forecast

Over the last few weeks, we have been working to expand the current CNAPS forecast from 3 to 7 days.  With the appearance of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the peak of the hurricane season on September 10, we were graciously allocated additional computing power from the High Performance Computing (HPC) Center at North Carolina State University to perform some experimental simulations of…

Roy He Serves on Graduate Committee in Norway

Dr. Roy He served on the PhD committee of Ann Kristin Sperrevik at the University of Bergen, in Norway, and attended her defense in June 2017.  Her thesis title is “Modeling coastal circulation in Norway using a high-resolution 4D-Var ocean assimilation system.” Also serving on Ms. Sperrevik’s committee were Dr. Anthony T. Weaver of CERFACS, France, and Dr. Tor Eldevik of the…

Gordon Research Seminar and Conference

OOMG director Dr. Roy He and grad student Laura McGee attended the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference at the University of New England from June 9 – 16, 2017. Dr. He served as the co-chair of the conference this year, along with Dr. Jack Barth. Vice-chair was Dr. Erica McPhee-Shaw. Laura McGee presented a poster titled “Physical Mechanisms Behind Asymmetric Cooling and…

Upcoming Gulf of Mexico Research Cruise Log Book Now Open

A research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico to support the project Three-Dimensional Gulf Circulation and Biogeochemical Processes Unveiled by State-of-the-Art Profiling Float Technology and Data Assimilative Ocean Models will take place May 1-10, 2017. University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric  Science (RSMAS) is leading the expedition, aboard the R/V F. G. Walton Smith. UMiami Principal Investigator (PI) Nick Shay, NC State University…

State of the Sciences at Hunt Library

NCSU’s College of Science set up tables of information and activities throughout Hunt Library on April 21. The Ocean Observing and Modeling Group was represented by Nabi Allahdadi, Shun Mao, Laura McGee, and Jennifer Warrillow. Hundreds of people toured the Library to learn about the science conducted at the university. Nabi, Shun, Laura, and Jennifer had the opportunity to explain ocean modeling…