Hurricane Field Program Update – Monday, August 13, 2012 3:45 PM Eastern

OPERATIONS

NOAA P-3:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NOAA-42 is scheduled for a test flight tomorrow (8/14) with a take off time of 10AM. This flight is to test the unmanned aerial system called Gale. The Gale will be launched from the P-3. If the flight is successful, we might use the Gale in the future to sample tropical cyclones. We have an experiment in our field program plan that describes how we would use the Gale.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

NOAA42 is scheduled for an Ocean Heat Content flight this Thursday (8/16). The primary goal of this flight is to sample the eastern Gulf of Mexico. There is an ocean eddy and a cold region just northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula that is of research interest. The plan is to drop ocean measuring expendable instruments such as (AXCPS, AXBTs and AXCTDs) to sample the ocean. To learn more on past experiments on ocean sampling click here.