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Univ. of Hawaii: "Regional forecast problems, flash flooding"

Final Report

High winds, wind-driven waves and swell, and flooding caused by tropical cyclones and midlatitude frontal systems present significant hazards to society and constitute, therefore, significant forecasting challenges in the Pacific Region. The purpose of this project was to provide a cooperative environment for meteorological and hydrometeorological research and learning through which working models of benefit to both the classroom and operational environments could be developed; the application of new NWS technologies better understood; and computer-based software tools and training materials created.

The following objectives were identified for this Cooperative Project:

In addition to the previously mentioned activities, the University of Hawaii worked with the COMET Program and the NWS Pacific Region headquarters to develop a Tropical Meteorology Course and Symposium that were held in February of 1995. The need for training and education curricula for operational forecasters is particularly acute in the Pacific Region since it encompasses such a vast geographic area and includes tropical mesoscale weather regimes that have received significantly less scientific attention in the past. Accordingly, the focus of the course was on weather phenomena of particular interest in the region (rainbands, frontal weather associated with extratropical systems, and tropical cyclones) and on the use of the new observing tools for detecting and analyzing them.