Photos from our Hurricane Harvey operations

The Hurricane Research Division of AOML conducted a series of Tail Doppler Radar missions into Hurricane Harvey including when it was a Category-Four storm approaching the Texas coast.  While carrying out their duties, our scientists took photographs of the eye of the storm as well as of  those involved in the flights.  You can find […]

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Paper summarizing the Tropical Cyclone Intensity Experiment conducted in 2015 released online in The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

This is a companion paper to the one on Hurricane Patricia.  You can read this paper at http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0055.1.

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Paper on how tropical storms do (or don’t) organize thunderstorms around the center to intensify released online in Monthly Weather Review

It has been believed that tropical cyclones are likely to strengthen when strong thunderstorms (called convection) almost completely surround the storm’s center. In order to better understand what prevents this convection from surrounding the storm’s center in some storms (but not others), this study analyzes data collected on NOAA aircraft flights in two storms that […]

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Hurricane Field Program Update – Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Friday, 25 Aug. 2017 NOAA42: N42RF is flying an EMC-tasked Tail Doppler Radar mission into Harvey.  They took off around 1400 UTC (10AM ET) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL around. Four HRD scientists will be on this flight. NASA EPOCH-NOAA UAS Global Hawk: No flights are scheduled. G-IV: No flights are scheduled. Saturday, 26 […]

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NOAA’s P3 hurricane hunter aircraft gathers critical data in Hurricane Harvey

The P3 is scheduled to depart from the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL at 10 AM (1400 UTC) to fly into Hurricane Harvey. This flight is tasked by NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center. The data from this eight-hour flight will go into the numerical weather prediction models. Below is the proposed flight track. The dots […]

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Wheels up for NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter P3 aircraft and headed to fly into Harvey

NOAA42 continues to gather critical data as it flies into Harvey. The aircraft took off from the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL around 10 PM (0200 UTC) for a nearly eight-hour mission. NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center is using this data for our forecast models to improve the prediction of the track and intensity of Harvey. […]

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NOAA’s G-IV jet is up in the air and headed to fly around Harvey

NOAA’s hurricane hunter G-IV jet took off at 0530 UTC (1:30 AM ET) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL. This eight-hour mission will collect data around Harvey and over the Gulf of Mexico (sampling the mid-level ridge in the upper atmosphere). The data collected will be ingested into our weather forecast models. The flight […]

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Hurricane Field Program Update – Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, 11AM ET

OPERATIONS Thursday, 24 Aug. 2017 NOAA42: N42RF is flying an EMC-tasked Tail Doppler Radar mission into Harvey. This flight took off from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL around 1400 UTC (10 AM ET). Four HRD scientists will be on this flight. NASA EPOCH-NOAA UAS Global Hawk: The Global Hawk landed at NASA’s Armstrong Research Flight Facility, Edwards, […]

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Engines are on for the P3 as it prepares to fly into Tropical Storm Harvey

NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft is at it again. It is scheduled to depart from the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL at 10 AM (1400 UTC). This flight is tasked by NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center. This is the second flight in a series of flights. The data from this flight will go into the models […]

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The G-IV hurricane hunter jet continues to fly around Harvey

NOAA’s hurricane hunter G-IV jet is gearing up for another flight. The jet will takeoff at 0530 UTC (1:30 AM ET) for a seven-hour flight. It will fly from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL. The G-IV is unique because it can fly at high altitudes and collects data in the surrounding environment. This […]

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