On our approach to Hurricane Irma

NOAA’s Hurricane hunter P3 aircraft is in flight and on its way to collect data inside Hurricane Irma. This eight-hour flight will gather atmospheric data that will go into NOAA’s weather forecast models. The flight took off at 4 PM ET (2000 UTC) from Barbados. Below is the proposed flight track. The dots on the flight […]

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The G-IV is set to gather data around Hurricane Irma today

NOAA’s hurricane hunter G-IV jet aircraft is set to take off at 1:30 PM ET (1730 UTC) from Barbados to fly around Hurricane Irma. This flight will gather data around Irma’s environment. Knowing the environmental conditions helps us better understand Irma’s future track and intensity. Below is the proposed flight track. The dots on the G-IV flight […]

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Hurricane Field Program Update – Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Tuesday, 5 Sept. 2017 NOAA42: The P3 flew a mission into Hurricane Irma tasked NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center. This Tail Doppler Radar mission took off around 1000 UTC (4 AM ET) from Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados. Three HRD scientists were on this flight. G-IV: The G-IV is tasked by NHC for a synoptic surveillance mission around Hurricane Irma. Takeoff […]

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Video from our flight on Sept. 3rd

Our colleagues at AOC have provided a time-lapse video of our research flight into Hurricane Irma.  This video has been edited for time and shows the take off, approach to the storm, and the first of several eye passes.  Unfortunately, the rest of the flight was at night.  Irma was a Category Three at the […]

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The hurricane hunter P3 aircraft takes flight into powerful Hurricane Irma

The NOAA42 P3 aircraft took off from Barbados at 4 AM ET (1000 UTC) this morning. It is on its way to gather critical data inside Hurricane Irma. This flight is tasked by NOAA’s EMC. They run NOAA’s weather forecast models and the data from this flight and the previous flights is going into the […]

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