NOAA’s G-IV completes first mission from Cabo Verde Islands

The Saharan Air Layer as viewed from NOAA’s G-IV jet over the Atlantic Ocean.

On August 9, 2022, NOAA’s G-IV jet “Gonzo” completed its first ever mission from the Cabo Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic. The mission was part of the Impact of Targeted Observations on Forecasts-East (ITOFs-East) project, which seeks to examine African Easterly Waves as they move off the western African coast over the tropical Atlantic Ocean and interact with the Saharan Air Layer.

The track of the G-IV jet with green dots marking where dropsondes were scheduled to be released.
The Saharan Air Layer as viewed from the Cabo Verde Islands near sunset. Note the grey appearance to the sky.

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