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.
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.
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).
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.
More flights are scheduled through Monday.
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