The Global Hawk took off this morning from Wallops Island, VA at 7AM for its first flight of the Atlantic hurricane season. The Global Hawk is an unmanned aircraft and it will fly for 24 hours over Tropical Storm Erika. The Global Hawk is part of NOAA’s Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) field campaign. It will be launching dropwindsones as well as gather data with other meteorological instruments on board. Below is the flight track for the Global Hawk. The colors represent a model forecast temperature field displayed in units of Kelvin.