The second P3 hurricane hunter flight into Earl takes off at 2AM Eastern

NOAA43 is getting ready for its second flight into Earl. The hurricane hunter aircraft will take off at 2:00AM eastern from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL for an eight hour mission. This is an operational tasked mission by NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center (EMC). EMC is responsible for running NOAA’s weather forecast models. They are interested in the data that the P3 will collect. The weather data collected by the aircraft will be transmitted to EMC in real-time so it can be inserted into the forecast model. Below is the 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.