Our planned flights into Hurricane Irma for this afternoon

We have two additional flights set to take off this afternoon to sample Hurricane Irma. First up is the G-IV hurricane hunter jet. The jet flew earlier this morning and it will fly again taking off at 1:30 PM ET (1730 UTC) from Lakeland, FL. Below is the planned flight plan with dots indicating the dropwindsonde launch locations.

AL112017_170908_1730.pngThe P3 aircraft that goes inside the hurricane will take off at 3 PM ET (1900 UTC) for an eight-hour mission. Here is the planned flight track. The dots on the flight track below (shown in green) represent the P3 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.

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2 thoughts on “Our planned flights into Hurricane Irma for this afternoon

  1. Does anyone at NOAA still have the professional integrity to whistle blow on the global warming alarmists who deliberately lied about the strength of Irma and Harvey. People’s lives depend on the accuracy of NOAA’S hurricane tracking information. Surely someone there is as sickened by this politicization of weather data as I am. No one I’ve spoken to who survived Katrina believes for a second the information provided by NOAA regarding Irma or Harvey. You people should be ashamed of what you did.
    Grossly exaggerating the wind speed and overall strength of both Irma and Harvey to skew worldwide weather history to promote your global warming views constitutes an act of terrorism against the people of the United States particularly residents of South Florida. It will be my pleasure to see those responsible convicted for acts of treason,espionage and terrorism.

    • I am not sure what you have an issue with in terms of the information NOAA provides on hurricane winds, but if you read our blog you know that we use aircraft to estimate the hurricane winds and pressure and provide that to the National Hurricane Center in real-time. These measurements are the most accurate estimates available. They are used to initialize the numerical models that provide forecast guidance on the future track and intensity of storms. The numerical models provide the best guidance on the future storm behavior. They are not perfect and have known biases that the human forecaster knows and takes into account when making a forecast. Sometimes this estimates conflict with what is measured but in no way do the forecasters try to mislead anyone about what they think the best guidance provides them. No one in the NAtional Weather Service, that is part of NOAA and where the National Hurricane Center sits ever intentionally altered forecast guidance on hurricanes. Our only agenda is to save lives and protect property.

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