NASA and NOAA scientists collaborate in high-altitude flyover of a Hurricane Earl with NASA Global Hawk, 2 September 2010

The NASA Global Hawk took off from Edwards Air Force Base, California last night at 8:50 PDT for a long endurance flight over Hurricane Earl.  The Global Hawk will be flying over and around Earl throughout the day today. Below are some images from the first Global Hawk overpass of the eye of Hurricane Earl. … Continue reading NASA and NOAA scientists collaborate in high-altitude flyover of a Hurricane Earl with NASA Global Hawk, 2 September 2010

Tri-agency Forecast Discussion – August 31, 2010

Large-scale features The primary features of interest in the Atlantic basin are Hurricane Earl (also known as PGI34L), Tropical Storm Fiona (PGI36L), and an area of disturbed weather in the central Atlantic known as PGI38L.  These features are identified on the NHC web site (Fig. 1).  These features are also evident as areas of high … Continue reading Tri-agency Forecast Discussion – August 31, 2010

Tri-agency Forecast Discussion – September 1, 2010

Forecast Discussion for September 1, 2010 Large-scale features The primary features of interest in the Atlantic basin are Hurricane Earl, Tropical Storm Fiona and TD09 as are shown on this morning’s NHC Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook page (Fig. 1). These features are also evident as areas of high total precipitable water (TPW) as depicted on … Continue reading Tri-agency Forecast Discussion – September 1, 2010

HFP Update… Wednesday, September 1, 2010 AT 2:00 PM EDT

OPERATIONS NOAA P-3s Wednesday September 1 NOAA-42: Completed its mission, landing at McDill AFB/Tampa at 11:00 AM EDT (1500 UTC). NOAA 43: N43 is sheduled to fly an IFEX Rapid Intensification and 3D Doppler missions in H. Earl with a 2000 UTC takeoff Wednesday, September 1, starting in Barbados, returning to McDill AFB/Tampa. Thursday, September … Continue reading HFP Update… Wednesday, September 1, 2010 AT 2:00 PM EDT

Doppler radar quick-looks from 4AM P-3 flight, 1 September 2010

As Earl undergoes major track, but minor intensity changes as it passes just east of the Bahamas NOAA P-3 missions continue to collect airborne Doppler radar data to use in initializing and evaluating model guidance. Included here you will see images of the horizontal winds within the inner core of Hurricane Earl sampled from the … Continue reading Doppler radar quick-looks from 4AM P-3 flight, 1 September 2010

Tri-agency Forecast Discussion – August 30, 2010

Forecast Discussion for August 30, 2010 Large-scale features The primary features of interest in the Atlantic basin are Hurricanes Danielle and Earl, and an area of disturbed weather in the central Atlantic.  These features are identified on the NHC web site (Fig. 1).  These features are also evident at areas of high total precipitable water.  … Continue reading Tri-agency Forecast Discussion – August 30, 2010

HFP Update… Tuesday, August 30, 2010 AT 4:40 PM EDT

OPERATIONS NOAA P-3s Tuewsday, August 31 No missions - DOWN Day Wednesday September 1 The next two P-3 flights (N42 0800 UTC Wednesday September 1) and (N43 2000 UTC Wednesday September 1) will start in Barbados, recovering at McDill AFB/Tampa. NOAA-42: N42 is scheduled for a 0800 UTC Wednesday September 1 takeoff for an IFEX … Continue reading HFP Update… Tuesday, August 30, 2010 AT 4:40 PM EDT

Tri-agency Mission Science Summary – August 31, 2010

Mission synopsis: August 31, 2010 NOAA/IFEX NOAA has no P-3 missions planned for today.  The next P-3 mission will be a take-off at 08 UTC 1 September with N42RF.  The aircraft will depart Barbados, fly a mission enroute in Hurricane Earl, and recover at Macdill AFB in Tampa.  N43RF will takeoff from Barbados at 20 … Continue reading Tri-agency Mission Science Summary – August 31, 2010