We are capturing weather data with NOAA’s G-IV jet around Tropical Storm Nate

NOAA's G-IV jet is in route to fly around Tropical Storm Nate. The jet took off at 1:30 PM ET (1730 UTC) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL. This is the first flight in a series that will gather data around and ahead of Tropical Storm Nate's path. The data from this and all …

35th Anniversary of first Synoptic Flow mission

On September 14, 1982, NOAA42 flew the first Synoptic Flow Experiment around Hurricane Debby.  The idea behind the experiment was to fly a large-scale pattern around a hurricane while releasing dropwindsondes at regular intervals.  This would create a three-dimensional map of the winds steering the storm.  The data would be entered into hurricane track forecast …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Tuesday, 26, Sept. 2017 NOAA42: The P3 was tasked by EMC to fly a Tail Doppler Radar mission into Hurricane Maria. Take off was around 1:00 AM ET (0500 UTC) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. No HRD scientists were on this flight. NOAA42: The P3 is tasked by EMC to fly a Tail Doppler Radar mission …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS   Monday, 25, Sept. 2017 NOAA42: The P3 was tasked by EMC to fly a Tail Doppler Radar mission into Hurricane Maria. Take off around 1:00 AM ET (0500 UTC) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL. No HRD scientists were on this flight. G-IV: The jet was tasked by NHC to fly a synoptic …

Two NOAA flights are scheduled to collect data in Hurricane Maria this afternoon

The P3 and the G-IV jet are set to fly this afternoon and gather data in Maria. First up this afternoon is the P3 with a take off time of 1:00 PM ET (1700 UTC). The P3 will fly inside Hurricane Maria and gather data that will tell us how the storm is developing. Below …

An early flight into Hurricane Maria for the P3 aircraft

NOAA's hurricane hunter P3 aircraft is tasked by the Environmental Modeling Center to fly a Tail Doppler Radar mission into Hurricane Maria. Take off is scheduled for 1:00 AM ET (0500 UTC) from Lakeland, FL. The data from this flight and all NOAA flights will go into the weather prediction models. Below is the proposed flight track. The …

NOAA’s hurricane hunter NOAA42 aircraft gears up to fly inside Hurricane Maria

The P3 is fueling up and getting ready to fly into Hurricane Maria. We continue to test the unmanned aerial system called the Coyote as well as the Doppler Wind Lidar instrument. These instruments are in the testing phase and could provide us with new measurements inside the hurricane. The P3 will take off at 1 …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Saturday, 23, Sept. 2017 NOAA42: The P3 is tasked to fly an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Coyote/Doppler Wind Lidar (DWL) research mission into Hurricane Maria. Take off is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET (1700 UTC) from Lakeland, FL. Four HRD scientists will be on this flight. G-IV: No flights are scheduled. Sunday, 24, Sept. …