Start Date/Time:
Thursday, June 06, 2019 5:00 PM
End Date/Time:
Thursday, June 06, 2019 7:00 PM
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DATE: Thursday, June 6th, 2019

PLACE: India House

One Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004 http://www.indiahouseclub.org

TIME: 5:00 PM – Social Hour

6:00 PM – Dinner

7:00 PM – Technical Session

PRICES: $75.00 – Non-members and Guests

$50.00 – Members

$20.00 – Students

Paper: Forecasting and Warning for Extreme Ocean Storms (This presentation has been assigned 1.0 PDH).

Presenter: Mr. Joseph Sienkiewicz, Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC)

Presenter's bio:

Mr. Joseph Sienkiewicz is the Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC). The OPC has international responsibility for weather warnings and forecasts for large portions of the North Atlantic and North Pacific. Joe has worked in operational marine meteorology with NOAA for nearly 30 years. His professional interests include the use of satellite derived information to improve marine weather forecasts, explosively developing storms, and the application of weather information in marine operations. He serves on an international training team with NOAA and European scientists to train marine meteorologists from across the globe on the application of satellite sensed ocean winds and waves to operational marine forecasting. Mr. Sienkiewicz is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College (B.S.) and University of Washington (M.S.). He held a USCG Unlimited Third Mate License and worked 5 years as mate and relief captain on tugboats based in New York Harbor. Joe is a lifelong sailor and also enjoys fly fishing. He, and his wife Carolyn, live near the western Maryland shore of Chesapeake Bay.


The United States, as a signator of the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) Convention has given the responsibility to issue weather warnings and forecasts for high winds and seas over ocean areas to the Department of Commerce (DOC). Under the DOC, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) partially fulfills this international commitment

by providing weather warning and forecast services for the western North Atlantic and central and eastern North Pacific oceans. The National Hurricane Center and Honolulu Forecast Office serve similar roles for the tropical ocean areas of the Atlantic and Pacific.

The advent of satellite radar scatterometers and altimeters, that can infer the near surface wind speed and direction and sea surface height and wave height, has allowed marine weather forecasters the ability to routinely see the structure and intensity of winds and waves inside of non-tropical (called extra-tropical) ocean storms. The forecast staff at the OPC issue warnings for on average 80 to 100 extra-tropical storms of hurricane force intensity, annually, with peak activity during the winter months. This talk will discuss the detection capability of satellite radar scatterometers and altimeters, the wind field evolution of extra-tropical ocean storms, the potential hazard to shipping, extreme wave generation, and the challenges forecasting severe and extreme weather over the oceans.



Reservations to this meeting should be made prior to meeting time. A minimum of three days' notice is preferred to ensure adequate seating and service at meeting.

Contact Capt. Anthony D. Nigro, via his email: tonynigro2003@yahoo.com


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