NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft hunts again for Hurricane Matthew

The NOAA43 hurricane hunter aircraft continues to track Matthew. The P2 will conduct two flights today. The first flight takes off at 2AM Eastern (0600 UTC) from MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. Later this afternoon NOAA43 will take off at 3PM Eastern (1900 UTC). These back to back flights help us gather data in a continuous cycle. Here are the proposed flight tracks for both missions. 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.

NOAA43 2AM EDT take off  proposed flight track
NOAA43 3PM EDT take off proposed flight track