2017 Hurricane Field Program summary

AOML's Hurricane Research Division (HRD) ran its 2017 Hurricane Field Program from July 27th through October 27th and accomplished many of the objectives set for this busy hurricane season.  In addition to carrying out Tail Doppler Radar (TDR) missions in coordination with NOAA's Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), HRD flew the Analysis of Intensification Processes Experiments …

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria – Part 1 – 4 October 2017

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 8 P-3 and 8 G-IV missions into Hurricane Irma (3-8 September 2017). The agenda for the discussion was: Missions Overview (Reasor) Science Discussions 20170903H1 TDR (Jon Zawislak) 20170904H1 TDR (Rob Rogers) 20170904H2 TDR (Jon Zawislak) 20170905H1 TDR (Rob Rogers) 20170905H2 TDR (Jon Zawislak) 20170908H1 TDR (Jon Zawislak) 20170908H2 …

The unmanned aerial system, Coyote gathers data in Hurricane Maria

On September 22-23, scientists with AOML's Hurricane Research Division collected unique data from six Coyote UAS (unmanned aircraft system) launched from NOAA’s P3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft into Hurricane Maria. The Coyote UAS gathered atmospheric, temperature, pressure, and moisture data in Maria’s eye and eyewall at altitudes as low as 300 feet above the ocean surface. The …

Two NOAA flights are scheduled to collect data in Hurricane Maria this afternoon

The P3 and the G-IV jet are set to fly this afternoon and gather data in Maria. First up this afternoon is the P3 with a take off time of 1:00 PM ET (1700 UTC). The P3 will fly inside Hurricane Maria and gather data that will tell us how the storm is developing. Below …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Sunday, 24, Sept. 2017 NOAA42: The P3 was tasked by EMC to fly a Tail Doppler Radar mission into Hurricane Maria. Take off was around 1:00 AM ET (0500 UTC) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. No HRD scientists were on this flight. NOAA42: The P3 is tasked to fly an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) …

NOAA’s hurricane hunter NOAA42 aircraft gears up to fly inside Hurricane Maria

The P3 is fueling up and getting ready to fly into Hurricane Maria. We continue to test the unmanned aerial system called the Coyote as well as the Doppler Wind Lidar instrument. These instruments are in the testing phase and could provide us with new measurements inside the hurricane. The P3 will take off at 1 …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Saturday, 23, Sept. 2017 NOAA42: The P3 is tasked to fly an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Coyote/Doppler Wind Lidar (DWL) research mission into Hurricane Maria. Take off is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET (1700 UTC) from Lakeland, FL. Four HRD scientists will be on this flight. G-IV: No flights are scheduled. Sunday, 24, Sept. …

Wheels up! NOAA’s P3 aircraft is up in the air and on its way to fly inside Hurricane Maria

NOAA's P3 hurricane hunter aircraft took off at 1 PM ET (1700 UTC) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, in Lakeland, FL to fly into Hurricane Maria. In this mission, we plan to test and release an unmanned aerial system called Coyote. We also have a unique instrument called the Doppler Wind Lidar. This instrument uses laser …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Friday, 22, Sept. 2017 NOAA42: The P3 is tasked to fly an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Coyote/Doppler Wind Lidar (DWL) research mission into Hurricane Maria. Take off is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET (1700 UTC) from Lakeland, FL. Four HRD scientists will be on this flight. G-IV: No flights are scheduled. Saturday, 23, Sept. 2017 …