The G-IV is up in air on its way to collect data around Matthew

NOAA’s G-IV jet took off at 1:30AM (0530 UTC) from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. It will fly an eight hour mission gathering data in the environment that surrounds Hurricane Matthew. The data collected from this and all other flights helps us understand how Matthew interacts with the environment. Below is the proposed track. The dots indicate where dropsondes will be launched.