NOAA Researchers fly a series of missions into Hurricane Ian

Outer rainband of Hurricane Ian as seen from NOAA 43 "Miss Piggy" Scientists from NOAA's Hurricane Research Division and NOAA's National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service have flown a series of missions into Hurricane Ian from the time it was a tropical depression in the eastern Caribbean. On board both NOAA P3s (Kermit & … Continue reading NOAA Researchers fly a series of missions into Hurricane Ian

NOAA flight captures intensifying Fiona

Eyewall of Hurricane Fiona as seen from Miss Piggy (NOAA43) On the night of September 19th, 2022, NOAA Hurricane Hunter "Miss Piggy" penetrated the eyewall of Hurricane Fiona as it emerged from the northern coast of Hispañola. The researchers onboard captured data of an intensifying storm as it moved toward the Turks and Caicos Islands. … Continue reading NOAA flight captures intensifying Fiona

NOAA aircraft examine tropical disturbance for signs of development

Cockpit of NOAA 43 as it flies into the disturbance In late August 2022, both NOAA P-3s and its G-IV jet are engaging in a series of missions to examine an area of disturbed weather over the tropical Atlantic. As part of the Impact of Targeted Observations on Forecasts (ITOFs) project scientists are examining such … Continue reading NOAA aircraft examine tropical disturbance for signs of development

NOAA’s G-IV wraps up missions into east Atlantic disturbance

G-IV view of disturbance AL97 on July 10th As part of the Impact of Targeted Observations on Forecasts-East (ITOFs-East) project project, NOAA's G-IV jet "Gonzo" has conducted three missions on subsequent days sampling the area of disturbed weather (AL97) and the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) to its north. Proposed track of the August 11th mission … Continue reading NOAA’s G-IV wraps up missions into east Atlantic disturbance

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

NOAA Hurricane Field Program begins with flights into Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 in the Tropical Atlantic

The NOAA flight season began early this year with an operational flight into a system, known as Potential Tropical Cyclone 2, that may soon develop into a tropical depression east of the Windward Islands. The plan for the season was recently released and is available online at https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/2022-hurricane-field-program/, and a kickoff meeting to discuss plans … Continue reading NOAA Hurricane Field Program begins with flights into Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 in the Tropical Atlantic

Study on how Hurricane Dorian organized before rapidly intensifying published in Monthly Weather Review

This study showed that a weak, disorganized tropical system in an environment that is not primed for intensification can develop a new center where conditions are more favorable for intensification.  The ability to observe the center of circulation, the tilt of the vortex with height, the depth of the vortex, the wind shear, and locations … Continue reading Study on how Hurricane Dorian organized before rapidly intensifying published in Monthly Weather Review

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 … Continue reading NOAA completes aircraft investigations into Hurricane Sam

Hurricane Field Programs gears up to fly Sam, recaps missions so far this year

All three NOAA heavy aircraft are deploying to St. Croix today in preparation for missions into what is now Tropical Storm Sam. AOML/HRD plans to collaborate with the Office of Naval Research Tropical Cyclone Rapid Intensification (TCRI) field campaign to fly P-3 and G-IV aircraft missions into Hurricane Sam in the central North Atlantic. The … Continue reading Hurricane Field Programs gears up to fly Sam, recaps missions so far this year

Flights continue in Hurricane Ida

NOAA has so far completed five flights into and around Hurricane Ida as it crossed over the Cayman Islands and western Cuba toward its forecast landfall along the Louisiana coast. Two synoptic surveillance missions were conducted by the NOAA G-IV high-altitude aircraft to gather dropwindsonde and Doppler radar data around the hurricane to be ingested … Continue reading Flights continue in Hurricane Ida