NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft are on their way to fly in Hurricane Edouard

The NOAA42 P3 and NOAA49 jet took off early this morning to fly into Hurricane Edouard. NOAA42 is flying an experiment called the  Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Experiment. The P3 will launch an unmanned aerial system called the Coyote. The Coyote drone is expected to fly for a few hours near the sea surface and collect meteorological data. NOAA49 jet flying a star pattern sampling the upper atmospheric environment of Edouard. NOAA 43 will take off from St. Croix later today to fly a post-storm Ocean survey mission. The goal of this flight is to collect oceanic data in the area where the storm has passed and record the changes of the sea state. Below are the proposed flight tracks for NOAA42 and NOAA49. 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.

NOAA42 proposed flight track
NOAA42 proposed flight track
NOAA49 proposed flight track
NOAA49 proposed flight track

 

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