Abstract：This review summarizes techniques used by operational centers to forecast tropical cyclone intensity change as presented to the International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones (IWTC-9) in Hawaii in 2018. Recent advances and major changes over the past four years are presented, with a special focus on forecasting rapid intensity changes. Although intensity change remains one of the most difficult aspects of tropical cyclone forecasting, objective guidance has shown some improvement.
The greatest improvements are realized when consensus methods are utilized, especially those that blend statistical-dynamical based guidance with dynamical ocean-coupled regional models. These models become even more skillful when initialized with inner core observational data. Continued improvement and availability of intensity guidance along with associated forecaster training are expected to deliver forecasting improvements in the future.
Joseph B. Courtney, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Joseph B. Courtney, Sébastien Langlade, Charles R. Sampson et al., 2019: Operational Perspectives on Tropical Cyclone Intensity Change Part 1: Recent Advances in Intensity Guidance. Tropical Cyclone Research and Review, 8(3), 123-133.