NOAA’s P3 is at it again, flying into Danny and collecting data

NOAA’s P-3 hurricane hunter aircraft is flying a Tail Doppler Radar (TDR) mission into Danny this afternoon. The P3 departed around 2:00PM local time from Barbados. This is the third flight in the series that is gathering data every 12 hours. The flight track is shown below.  The Doppler radar data being collected during this mission is being transmitted in near realtime to NOAA’s hurricane weather forecast model. The data is being ingested into the model to improve the model’s intensity and track forecasts. 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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