Tropical Storm Eta expected to strengthen while AOML supports further reconnaissance

The NOAA Hurricane Hunters resumes missions into Eta on Tuesday, November 10, once their aircraft completed routine maintenance. Hurricane scientists supporting the flights will quality control the data collected from both aircraft such that the appropriate observation coverage and measurements optimize the performance of operational weather models. Tasked by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the … Continue reading Tropical Storm Eta expected to strengthen while AOML supports further reconnaissance

Tropical Storm Eta evokes multiple taskings to aid in its forecast

NOAA Hurricane Hunters continue reconnaissance an surveillance for Tropical Storm Eta, which threatens to bring tropical-cyclone hazards to south Florida as it restrengthens over water.  The G-IV aircraft took off for its last mission into Eta at 12:30 AM EDT from Lakeland, FL, on November 8. By circumnavigating the periphery of the system, the data supplied hurricane experts … Continue reading Tropical Storm Eta evokes multiple taskings to aid in its forecast

AOML scientists assess the potential for Tropical Storm Eta to intensify

Tasked by the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) and the National Hurricane Center (NHC), NOAA's P-3 and G-IV aircraft have conducted reconnaissance and surveillance for Tropical Storm Eta. Missions are scheduled to proceed through the weekend. AOML scientists remotely supporting NOAA's G-IV flights continue to provide high-quality data to operational weather models. NHC credits the shift in … Continue reading AOML scientists assess the potential for Tropical Storm Eta to intensify

NOAA Hurricane Hunters set eyes on Tropical Depression Eta

The Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) tasked NOAA's P-3 aircraft to investigate Tropical Depression Eta as the circulation slowly propagates back into the western Caribbean.  The P-3 took off from Lakeland, Florida at 1 PM EDT on November 6 for its 8-hour-long mission into the system. AOML scientists both onboard the aircraft and remotely will process measurements to … Continue reading NOAA Hurricane Hunters set eyes on Tropical Depression Eta

NOAA samples the 9th rapidly intensifying storm of the Atlantic hurricane season

AOML scientists supported a mission into Hurricane Eta as it developed in the Caribbean on Sunday, November 1.  The P-3 flight, tasked by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and operated out of Lakeland, FL, captured Eta as it began rapid intensification from a tropical storm into a hurricane. NOAA has sampled 8 of the 9 rapidly intensifying … Continue reading NOAA samples the 9th rapidly intensifying storm of the Atlantic hurricane season

AOML hurricane scientists observe Hurricane Zeta’s re-intensification in Gulf of Mexico

Tasked by both the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), NOAA aircraft reconnaissance continues into Hurricane Zeta on October 28, with routine missions taking off from Lakeland, FL at 4 AM EDT.  Hurricane scientists supporting these flights assessed Zeta's wind and precipitation characteristics as the circulation emerged over water after making … Continue reading AOML hurricane scientists observe Hurricane Zeta’s re-intensification in Gulf of Mexico

Zeta Upgraded to a Hurricane based on NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter data

Data from NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft contributed to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgrading Zeta to a hurricane on Monday, October 26. AOML scientists supported all the NHC and Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) tasked P-3 and G-IV missions by processing and sending data for use by specialists and ingestion into numerical models.  … Continue reading Zeta Upgraded to a Hurricane based on NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter data

NOAA continues flights into Tropical Storm Zeta

NOAA P-3 and G-IV aircraft continued flights in and around Tropical Storm Zeta over the weekend at the request of the National Hurricane Center (NHC).  AOML scientists supported missions by quality controlling and transmitting data from the Tail Doppler Radar and dropsondes.  Data were used by NHC forecasters to understand the current structure of the … Continue reading NOAA continues flights into Tropical Storm Zeta

AOML scientists support NOAA flights into newly formed Tropical Depression 28

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has requested the NOAA P-3 aircraft to investigate recently declared Tropical Depression 28 in the Caribbean Sea. Flights began Saturday October 24 at noon EDT with follow-on flights repeating every 12 hours through Tuesday morning. GOES GeoColor image of Tropical Depression 28 AOML scientists are processing Tail Doppler Radar (TDR) … Continue reading AOML scientists support NOAA flights into newly formed Tropical Depression 28

AOML Scientists wrap up map discussions for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

AOML scientists and collaborators met every weekday between mid-July through mid-October of the Atlantic hurricane season to discuss the tropical forecast and potential opportunities to conduct research.  The final week of discussions was led by Kelly Ryan of the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami. Number of storms per 100 year … Continue reading AOML Scientists wrap up map discussions for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season