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

NOAA Hurricane Hunters fly into and around Fred, Grace, and Henri, and gear up for the next system

NOAA Hurricane Hunters completed 6 missions into Tropical Storm Fred, and 11 and 7 missions in and around Hurricanes Grace and Henri, respectively. The first mission into Fred occurred before the system had a well-defined center and was not yet named a tropical depression. Subsequent missions sampled the dry air and wind shear around Fred … Continue reading NOAA Hurricane Hunters fly into and around Fred, Grace, and Henri, and gear up for the next system

Record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season draws to an end

Improved forecasts, extensive preparedness helped protect lives and property From https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/record-breaking-atlantic-hurricane-season-draws-to-end. The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is drawing to a close with a record-breaking 30 named storms and 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States. While the official hurricane season concludes on November 30, tropical storms may continue to develop past that … Continue reading Record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season draws to an end

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