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Joint Typhoon Warning Center Internship Recap 2017

  POSTED ON: Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:02 AM by MIDN 2/C Erin Torrez, MIDN 2/C Renee Loucks, Alexander R. Davies

Oceanography majors MIDN 2/C Renee Loucks and 2/C Erin Torrez interned at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) in Pearl Harbor, HI during the second summer block. JTWC is joint U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force command that issues tropical cyclone forecasts for U.S. military and government assets in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The midshipmen were joined by cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Military Academy (pictured above) throughout the internship. 

The cadets and midshipmen spent the bulk of the internship working alongside the JTWC staff to conduct research that will serve as their senior capstones projects.  MIDN 2/C Torrez analyzed typhoon tracks produced by the JTWC in order to specify regions of unpredictability.  Meanwhile, 2/C MIDN Loucks investigated the impacts of tropical cyclone trends and sea level rise on Pacific Island inhabitants. At the conclusion of the internship, the students were required to present preliminary findings to the JTWC staff and create a roadmap for continuing the research during their 1/C capstone projects.


In addition to research, the internship also emphasized interacting with operational military forces and other U.S. government agencies. This included personal from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps, the U.S. Air Force 17th Operational Weather Squadron, and the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). In addition, the interns toured the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Honolulu, the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (pictured above), and National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. 

Mt Olomana

Although the workday was filled with research and professional development activities, the interns also enjoyed the beautiful islands of Hawaii! This included a JTWC command kayaking trip, a Fourth of July BBQ and fireworks on the beach, visits to the Big Island and Maui, and climbing Mount Olomana (pictured above).  Overall, the internship at the JTWC provided the Midshipmen with an unforgettable summer. Not only were the Mids able to get a jumpstart on their capstone research project, they also experienced an operational command and gained a better understanding of the coalition between the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Alexander R. Davies
Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department, USNA