The Global Hawk is up in the air headed to fly over Tropical Storm Fred

The unmanned aircraft, the Global Hawk took off at 6:50 AM Eastern this morning from Wallops Island, VA headed to fly over Fred. It will fly across the Atlantic Ocean to reach Fred. As part of NOAA’s Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) field campaign the Global Hawk will collect data throughout the 24 hour mission. It will launch dropwindsondes as well as gather data with other meteorological instruments on board. Below is the flight track.  The green dots along the flight track represent locations where dropwindsondes will be deployed to measure vertical profiles of temperature, humidity, and wind. 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.