NOAA’s G-IV jet is ready for take-off to fly over Tropical Storm Colin

NOAA’s hurricane hunter G-IV jet is scheduled to fly a research mission taking off at 1800 UTC (2:00 PM Eastern) from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. The jet will fly around and over Tropical Storm Colin that is located over the Gulf of Mexico. This is the third and final mission into Colin. The data collected from this flight will helps us understand the atmospheric weather conditions around and over the system. Below is the proposed G-IV 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.