Hurricane Field Program Update – Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 1 PM ET

Tuesday, October 9, 2018:

NOAA42:  The NOAA/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) has tasked the P-3 for an operational mission into Hurricane Michael. Take off from Lakeland, FL will be at 4:00 PM EDT. Four HRD scientists will be on this mission. The flight track of the mission is shown below. 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.

After completion of the rotated Figure 4 shown below, the P-3 will release a Coyote Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) expendable into the storm. The Coyote will be flown by scientists on the P-3. It will be flown controlled below the P-3’s flight altitude, sampling atmospheric temperature, humidity, wind, and turbulence all the way to the ocean surface.

Flight pattern for today’s NOAA P-3 mission into Hurricane Michael


NOAA49: AOML/HRD has tasked the G-IV for a research mission around Michael, with takeoff from Lakeland at 1:30 PM EDT. The goal is to release dropsondes at each green circle in the track shown below, to measure the surrounding environment that could be affecting the current and future intensity and track of Michael. One HRD scientist will be on this mission.

Flight pattern for today’s NOAA G-IV mission around Hurricane Michael


Wednesday, October 10, 2018:

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

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