Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, August 31, 2019, 7pm EDT

We continue to be very busy with Hurricane Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas and the southeast U.S. coastline.  Yesterday, the G-IV conducted a mission with its first all-female three-pilot crew.  Congratulations to Capt. Kristie Twining, Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington, and Lt. Lindsey Norman on this milestone.

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NOAA aircraft will not operate out of Lakeland when Dorian is threatening the region, so operations have been moved to New Orleans, necessitating only one mission per day.  First, NOAA42 will depart from Lakeland for an 8-hour EMC-tasked mission at 0530 EDT (0930 UTC) with recovery in New Orleans.ftk_190901H1.png

The G-IV, already in New Orleans, will conduct an 8.5-hour round-robin synoptic surveillance mission around Dorian, departing at 1330 EDT (1730 UTC).AL052019_20190902_0530.png

The goal is to sample the near environment around Dorian, and the ridge to its north and west that is steering it slowly toward the U.S. coast.

Photograph taken in the eye of Hurricane Dorian early morning 31 August, showing the stadium effect often seen in very intense hurricanes.

More flights are scheduled through Monday.

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