Up and away, NOAA’s hurricane hunter P3 aircraft is headed to fly into TD9

The NOAA43 hurricane hunter aircraft took off at noon eastern time for an eight hour mission to and from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. The goal is to collect data in and around the tropical disturbance. They will be launching instruments that collect data in the atmosphere and ocean. This information will help us understand the current state of TD9 as well as monitor the ocean conditions below the system. Below is the flight track. The dots on the flight track (shown in green) represent the aircraft turn points. The red dots in the figure show the locations that launch weather balloons twice a day while the purple dots are the locations that launch balloons once a day.

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Hurricane Field Program Update – Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 11AM Eastern

OPERATIONS

Wednesday, 31 Aug. 2016

NOAA43: Was scheduled to fly into Tropical Disturbance Nine (TD9) with a take off time of 0430 UTC (1230AM Eastern). This was was cancelled due to mechanical issues that are now fixed.

NOAA43: Is scheduled to fly an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into TD9. This means that the National Hurricane Center requested this flight. Take off is scheduled for 1600 UTC (12PM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Three HRD scientists will be on this flight.

Global Hawk: Is scheduled fly again over TD9. Take off is scheduled for 2200 UTC (6PM Eastern) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA. This flight is part of NOAA’s Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) field campaign.

Thursday, 1 Sept. 2016

NOAA43: Is scheduled to fly an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into TD9. Take off is scheduled for 0400 UTC (12AM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Three HRD scientists will be on this flight.

NOAA43: Is  tentatively scheduled to fly an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into TD9. Take off is scheduled for 1600 UTC (12PM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Three HRD scientists will be on this flight.

Global Hawk: Depending on the weather conditions at the landing site the global hawk is scheduled to land either 1000 UTC (6AM Eastern) or 2200 UTC (6PM Eastern) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA.

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For the latest information about tropical cyclones and other weather systems, please visit the NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center web site at:http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

To access updates on IFEX and other HRD activities via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS feed, check out the HRD home page at: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd

To directly access updates on IFEX HFP Operations via our WordPress blog on the web, check the site: https://noaahrd.wordpress.com/category/ifex-hurricane-field-program/

DISCLAIMER: The above discussion is intended to provide a brief summary of recent and future HRD Hurricane Field Program Operations. Any use of this material beyond its original intent is prohibited without permission of the HRD Director. Media inquiries should be directed to Erica Rule (305-361-4541) or Erica.Rule@noaa.gov, Evan Forde (305-361-4327) or Evan.Forde@noaa.gov, Monica Allen (301-734-1123) or Monica.Allen@noaa.gov.

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HRD and the NOAA Hurricane Hunters send pictures and video from flights

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See more pictures and videos at http://weatherplus.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/08/30/incredible-images-video-of-hurricane-hunters-in-tropical-depression-9/.

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NOAA43 Hurricane Hunter aircraft is flying into TD9 as the Global Hawk completes its flight mission

NOAA43 took off at noon from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL to fly into Tropical Depression Nine (TD9). Their plan is to collect data inside the system. The data will help determine if TD9 is gaining strength or weakening. The data will also go into the weather forecast models to improve the future prediction of TD9’s track and intensity. The P3 isn’t alone in the goal of collecting data and improving the science behind these tropical systems. The Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft has been flying TD9 as well.  That flight took off yesterday at 6PM from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA. Below is an image of the flight tracks for both aircraft superimposed over a GOES satellite visible image of TD9. The red line is the NOAA P3 flight track, and the blue line is the Global Hawk track.

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Hurricane Field Program Update – Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 11AM Eastern

OPERATIONS

Tuesday, 30 Aug. 2016

NOAA43: Completed an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into Tropical Disturbance Nine (TD9).This means that the National Hurricane Center requested this flight. Take off was at 0430 UTC (1230AM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Three HRD scientists were on this flight.

NOAA43: Is scheduled to fly an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into TD9. Take off is scheduled for 1600 UTC (12PM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Three HRD scientists will be on this flight.

Global Hawk: Is scheduled to land around 2200 UTC (6PM Eastern) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA. This flight is part of NOAA’s Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) field campaign.

Wednesday, 31 Aug. 2016

NOAA43: Is scheduled to fly an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into TD9. Take off is scheduled for 0400 UTC (12AM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Three HRD scientists will be on this flight.

Global Hawk: Is scheduled fly again over TD9. Take off is scheduled for 2200 UTC (6PM Eastern) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA.

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For the latest information about tropical cyclones and other weather systems, please visit the NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center web site at:http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

To access updates on IFEX and other HRD activities via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS feed, check out the HRD home page at: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd

To directly access updates on IFEX HFP Operations via our WordPress blog on the web, check the site: https://noaahrd.wordpress.com/category/ifex-hurricane-field-program/

DISCLAIMER: The above discussion is intended to provide a brief summary of recent and future HRD Hurricane Field Program Operations. Any use of this material beyond its original intent is prohibited without permission of the HRD Director. Media inquiries should be directed to Erica Rule (305-361-4541) or Erica.Rule@noaa.gov, Evan Forde (305-361-4327) or Evan.Forde@noaa.gov, Monica Allen (301-734-1123) or Monica.Allen@noaa.gov.

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Hurricane Field Program Update – Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 11AM Eastern

OPERATIONS

Monday, 29 Aug. 2016

NOAA43: Completed an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into Tropical Disturbance Nine (TD9).This means that the National Hurricane Center requested this flight. Take off was at 0430 UTC (1230AM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Three HRD scientists were on this flight.

NOAA43: Is scheduled to fly an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into TD9. Take off is scheduled for 1700 UTC (1PM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Three HRD scientists will be on this flight.

Global Hawk: Is scheduled for a flight taking off at 2200 UTC (6PM Eastern) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA. The goal is to fly over TD9 and TD8. This flight is part of NOAA’s Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) field campaign.

Tuesday, 30 Aug. 2016

NOAA43: Is scheduled to fly an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into TD9. Take off is scheduled for 0430 UTC (1230AM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Three HRD scientists will be on this flight.

Global Hawk: Is scheduled to land around 2200 UTC (6PM Eastern) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA.

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For the latest information about tropical cyclones and other weather systems, please visit the NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center web site at:http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

To access updates on IFEX and other HRD activities via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS feed, check out the HRD home page at: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd

To directly access updates on IFEX HFP Operations via our WordPress blog on the web, check the site: https://noaahrd.wordpress.com/category/ifex-hurricane-field-program/

DISCLAIMER: The above discussion is intended to provide a brief summary of recent and future HRD Hurricane Field Program Operations. Any use of this material beyond its original intent is prohibited without permission of the HRD Director. Media inquiries should be directed to Erica Rule (305-361-4541) or Erica.Rule@noaa.gov, Evan Forde (305-361-4327) or Evan.Forde@noaa.gov, Monica Allen (301-734-1123) or Monica.Allen@noaa.gov.

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Hurricane Field Program Update – Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 11AM Eastern

OPERATIONS

Sunday, 28 Aug. 2016

NOAA43: Is scheduled to fly an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into AL99, the tropical disturbance located in the Florida Straits. This means that the National Hurricane Center requested this flight. Take off is scheduled for 1700 UTC (1PM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Two HRD scientists will be on this flight.

Monday, 29 Aug. 2016

NOAA43: Is tentatively scheduled to fly an NHC operationally tasked reconnaissance mission into AL99. Take off is scheduled for 0430 UTC (1230AM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL.

Global Hawk: Is scheduled for a flight taking off at 2200 UTC (6PM Eastern) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA. This flight is part of NOAA’s Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) field campaign.

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For the latest information about tropical cyclones and other weather systems, please visit the NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center web site at:http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

To access updates on IFEX and other HRD activities via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS feed, check out the HRD home page at: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd

To directly access updates on IFEX HFP Operations via our WordPress blog on the web, check the site: https://noaahrd.wordpress.com/category/ifex-hurricane-field-program/

DISCLAIMER: The above discussion is intended to provide a brief summary of recent and future HRD Hurricane Field Program Operations. Any use of this material beyond its original intent is prohibited without permission of the HRD Director. Media inquiries should be directed to Erica Rule (305-361-4541) or Erica.Rule@noaa.gov, Evan Forde (305-361-4327) or Evan.Forde@noaa.gov, Monica Allen (301-734-1123) or Monica.Allen@noaa.gov.

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Hurricane Field Program Update – Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 11AM Eastern

OPERATIONS

Saturday, 27 Aug. 2016

Global Hawk: Is scheduled to land in NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA. around 6PM Eastern after flying over Gaston. This flight is part of NOAA’s Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) field campaign.

NOAA43: Was scheduled to fly a Genesis Experiment research mission into AL99 the tropical disturbance located south of Andros Island in the Bahamas with a take off time of 1800 UTC (2PM Eastern). This mission is cancelled.

Sunday, 28 Aug. 2016

NOAA43: Is tentatively scheduled to fly a Genesis/Rapid Intensification Experiment research mission into AL99. Take off is scheduled for 1800 UTC (2PM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Four HRD scientists will be on this flight.

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For the latest information about tropical cyclones and other weather systems, please visit the NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center web site at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

To access updates on IFEX and other HRD activities via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS feed, check out the HRD home page at: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd

To directly access updates on IFEX HFP Operations via our WordPress blog on the web, check the site: https://noaahrd.wordpress.com/category/ifex-hurricane-field-program/

DISCLAIMER: The above discussion is intended to provide a brief summary of recent and future HRD Hurricane Field Program Operations. Any use of this material beyond its original intent is prohibited without permission of the HRD Director. Media inquiries should be directed to Erica Rule (305-361-4541) or Erica.Rule@noaa.gov, Evan Forde (305-361-4327) or Evan.Forde@noaa.gov, Monica Allen (301-734-1123) or Monica.Allen@noaa.gov.

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Capturing the Genesis of a Hurricane

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Hurricane Field Program Update – Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 11AM Eastern

OPERATIONS

Friday, 26 Aug. 2016

NOAA43: Flew a Genesis/Rapid Intensification Experiment research mission into AL99 – the tropical disturbance in southeastern Bahamas. Take off was scheduled for 0600 UTC (2AM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Four HRD scientists were on this flight. The 1800 UTC (2PM Eastern) flight was cancelled for today.

Global Hawk: The unmanned aircraft is scheduled to fly over AL99 and Gaston. Take off is scheduled for 2200 UTC (6PM Eastern) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA. This flight is part of NOAA’s Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) field campaign.

Saturday, 27 Aug. 2016

Global Hawk: Is scheduled to land in NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA. in the afternoon.

NOAA43: Is tentatively scheduled to fly a Genesis/Rapid Intensification Experiment research mission into AL99. Take off is scheduled for 1800 UTC (2PM Eastern) to and from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Four HRD scientists will be on this flight.

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For the latest information about tropical cyclones and other weather systems, please visit the NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center web site at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

To access updates on IFEX and other HRD activities via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS feed, check out the HRD home page at: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd

To directly access updates on IFEX HFP Operations via our WordPress blog on the web, check the site: https://noaahrd.wordpress.com/category/ifex-hurricane-field-program/

DISCLAIMER: The above discussion is intended to provide a brief summary of recent and future HRD Hurricane Field Program Operations. Any use of this material beyond its original intent is prohibited without permission of the HRD Director. Media inquiries should be directed to Erica Rule (305-361-4541) or Erica.Rule@noaa.gov, Evan Forde (305-361-4327) or Evan.Forde@noaa.gov, Monica Allen (301-734-1123) or Monica.Allen@noaa.gov.

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