NOAA completes aircraft investigations into Hurricane Sam

The two NOAA P-3 aircraft, along with the NOAA G-IV, are returning to Lakeland today after 6 days in the Caribbean flying into and around Hurricane Sam, the strongest storm in the Atlantic so far this year. The aim of these collaborative missions between AOML/HRD and the Office of Naval Research Tropical Cyclone Rapid Intensification (TCRI) field campaign was to study tropical cyclone intensity change and rapid intensification, to provide data to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center, and to collect observations for NOAA’s Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast system (HWRF) forecast model.  

AOML/HRD also collaborated with AOML/PhOD and the Navy last Saturday afternoon to deploy 2 ALAMO floats ahead of the storm from the NOAA-P3. These floats will measure temperature, salinity, and pressure in the upper 300 m of the ocean, profiling every 1-2 hours for several weeks.  The data collected and transmitted will be used to understand the ocean’s interaction with tropical cyclones and improve coupled hurricane forecasting models.  For more information on ALAMO floats and NOAA’s pre-season P-3 tests last spring, please visit: https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/news/alamo-floats-cleared-for-deployment/

For details about upcoming aircraft missions, please see NOAA’s official Plan of the Day.


For the latest information about tropical cyclones and other weather systems, please visit the NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to AOML Communications (aoml.communications@noaa.gov), Monica Allen (301-734-1123) or Monica.Allen@noaa.gov.

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, Frank Marks (Frank.Marks@noaa.gov).

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