The Global Hawk sets up for its first flight of the 2017 hurricane season

As part of NASA's East Pacific Origins and Characteristics of Hurricanes (EPOCH) field campaign, the Global Hawk is scheduled to fly tonight for a 22-h mission over Tropical Storm Franklin. The Global Hawk will take off at 7PM Pacific (10PM Eastern) from NASA's Armstrong Research Flight Facility, in Edwards, CA. Here is the proposed flight track …

Paper on accounting for the location of dropwindsondes during measurements published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Summary: Hurricane Hunter aircraft have been releasing instruments called dropwindsondes to measure pressure, temperature, moisture, and wind speed and direction in hurricanes for two decades. Data from dropwindsondes released near the storms have led to better forecasts of where they will go, but improvements to forecasts of how strong they will get have lagged. Part …

NOAA’s hurricane field program begins

We begin our first flight of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season this evening. Our P3 Hurricane hunter aircraft will take off at 6PM Eastern (2200 UTC) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL, for a 6.5-hour mission into Tropical Storm Franklin. The flight was requested by NOAA's Environmental Modeling Center who are interested in the tail Doppler …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 11AM Eastern

OPERATIONS Tuesday, 8 Aug. 2017 G-IV:  No flights are scheduled. NOAA42: Is scheduled fly a Tail Doppler Radar mission into Tropical Storm Franklin. Take off is scheduled for 2200 UTC (6:00PM Eastern) to and from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL. Three HRD scientists will be on this flight. Global Hawk: Is scheduled to fly a mission over …