NASA and NOAA scientists collaborate in first ever high-altitude flyover of a tropical cyclone with NASA Global Hawk

HRD scientist Michael Black and NASA scientist Gerry Heymsfield helped conduct a first ever high-altitude flyover of Tropical Storm Frank with the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aerial system (UAS). The Global Hawk flew a 13-hour mission from Edwards AFB, California to the Eastern Pacific basin to fly the low pressure system that was Hurricane Frank a couple … Continue reading NASA and NOAA scientists collaborate in first ever high-altitude flyover of a tropical cyclone with NASA Global Hawk

Doppler radar quick-looks from 4PM P-3 flight, 30 August 2010

As Earl continues intensification to a major hurricane and passes just north of Puerto Rico (visible outlined in black at the bottom left of the images) 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 … Continue reading Doppler radar quick-looks from 4PM P-3 flight, 30 August 2010

Hurricane Field Program Update … Monday, August 30, 2010 at 6 PM EDT

OPERATIONS NOAA P-3s NOAA-42: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 is a down day. NOAA-42: Wednesday, September 1, 2010, NOAA-42 is scheduled to fly an IFEX Rapid Intensification and 3D Doppler mission in Hurricane Earl. Take-off from Barbados at 4 AM AST (0800 UTC). This mission will recover at MacDill AFB/Tampa. NOAA-43: Tuesday is a down day. … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update … Monday, August 30, 2010 at 6 PM EDT

Tri-agency Mission Science Summary – August 30, 2010

  IFEX The P-3's will have a down day tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31.  The next P-3 mission (N42RF) will depart Barbados at 08 UTC Wednesday, Sept. 1.  It will fly a mission into Hurricane Earl from Barbados enroute to Tampa.  The other P-3 (N43RF) will depart Barbados at 20 UTC Sept. 1, also flying a … Continue reading Tri-agency Mission Science Summary – August 30, 2010

Tri-agency Mission Science Summary – August 29, 2010

Tri-agency mission summary for Sunday August 29 IFEX The G-IV flew into Hurricane Earl on Sunday, August 29, with a 1730 UTC takeoff, returning to Barbados. The two P-3 aircraft flew from Barbados into Hurricane Earl on Sunday at 0800 and 2000 UTC, respectively. The G-IV will fly a research mission on Monday, August 30. … Continue reading Tri-agency Mission Science Summary – August 29, 2010

Doppler radar quick-looks from 4AM P-3 flight, 30 August 2010

As Earl continues intensification to a major hurricane and passes just north of the Leeward Islands (Guadalupe is visible outlined in black at the very bottom right of the images) 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 … Continue reading Doppler radar quick-looks from 4AM P-3 flight, 30 August 2010

Doppler radar quick-looks from 4PM P-3 flight, 29 August 2010

As Earl continues intensified to a hurricane and threatens the Leeward Islands (Guadalupe is visible outlined in black near the bottom of the images) 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 … Continue reading Doppler radar quick-looks from 4PM P-3 flight, 29 August 2010

Doppler radar quick-looks from 4AM P-3 flight, 29 August 2010

As Earl continues to get better organized 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 T.S. Earl sampled from the tail Doppler radar on the P-3 on 29 August 2010.  … Continue reading Doppler radar quick-looks from 4AM P-3 flight, 29 August 2010