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 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.

NOAA42 planned flight track