NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft will fly today to collect data in, around, and over Tropical Storm Karl. Currently the aircraft are stationed in St. Croix. The G-IV will take off first at 1:30PM (1730 UTC) followed by NOAA43 that will take off at 2:00PM (1800 UTC). The objective for these two missions is to collect data. This information will help us understand the atmospheric conditions around Karl and how the storm interacts with its surroundings. More information on the type of research experiment we will be conducting can be found here. Below is the proposed flight tracks. 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.