The summer research of SOARS protegé Ryder Fox and me was published as an online article in the "Down to Earth" section on the Physics Today website.
It is about a WRF model simulation of Hurricane Patricia of 2015, the strongest hurricane ever observed. This simulation is noteworthy because it captured Patricia's track and intensity remarkably well (see figure). Ryder used the model output to look into the factors that contributed to Patricia's exceptional intensity, and found that the environment was just predestined for an intensification of this sort to happen.
This summer, I worked with an undergraduate SOARS student to shed light on the rapid intensification of Hurricane Patricia of 2015, the strongest hurricane ever observed. We ran a high-resolution weather forecasting model (WRF) that was able to reproduce Patricia's record-breaking intensity, thanks in part to capturing essential storm dynamics and accurately predicting the favorable storm environment. The resulting research was highlighted by NCAR's AtmosNews.