Hurricane Field Program Update – Monday, October 8, 2018, 10 AM ET

Monday, October 8, 2018:

NOAA42:  The NOAA/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) has tasked the P-3 for operational missions into Hurricane Michael, currently located east of the Yucatan Peninsula. Take off from Lakeland, FL, will be at 4:00 PM EDT. Three HRD scientists will be on this mission. The flight track of the mission is shown below. Within the butterfly pattern (points 17 to 22), the goal is to collect Doppler radar data, meteorological measurements at the aircraft flight level, as well as temperature, humidity, and wind data from dropsondes, for assimilation into the forecast models. The objective of assimilation of the observations is to improve the model representation of the storm, which could subsequently improve the forecast. We’ll additionally use the observations to better understand processes responsible for changes in the intensity and structure of the storm.

Another goal will be to sample the sea surface temperature and profile the ocean characteristics using a variety of ocean probes within and ahead of the storm. The two lines of green dots north of the in-storm butterfly pattern are the location of “pre-storm” ocean measurements. The goal is to measure the ocean characteristics at those locations before, during, and after the storm to observe how the ocean responds to the storm passage.

Flight pattern for today’s NOAA P-3 mission into Hurricane Michaelftk_181008H1.png

NOAA49: NHC tasked synoptic surveillance mission around Michael, with takeoff from Lakeland at 1:30 PM EDT. The goal is to release dropsondes at each circle in the track shown below, to measure the surrounding environment that could be affecting the current and future intensity and track of Michael. No HRD scientists will be on this mission.

Flight pattern for today’s NOAA G-IV mission around Hurricane MichaelAL092017_170824_1730.png

Tuesday, October 9, 2018:

NOAA42:  NOAA/NCEP/EMC tasked P-3 operational mission into Hurricane Michael. Takeoff from Lakeland, FL will be at 4:00 AM EDT. Three HRD scientists will be on this mission.

NOAA42:  NOAA/NCEP/EMC tasked P-3 operational mission into Hurricane Michael. Takeoff from Lakeland, FL will be at 4:00 PM EDT. Three HRD scientists will be on this mission.

NOAA49:  NHC tasked synoptic surveillance mission around Hurricane Michael. Takeoff from Lakeland, FL will be at 1:30 AM EDT. No HRD scientists will be on this mission.

NOAA49:  HRD tasked research mission around Hurricane Michael. Takeoff from Lakeland, FL will be at 1:30 PM EDT. No HRD scientists will be on this mission.


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DISCLAIMER: The above discussion is intended to provide a brief summary of recent and future HRD Hurricane Field Program Operations. Any use of this material beyond its original intent is prohibited without permission of the HRD Director. Media inquiries should be directed to Erica Rule (305-361-4541) or Erica.Rule@noaa.gov, Monica Allen (301-734-1123) or Monica.Allen@noaa.gov.

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