Recap of Julia and Lisa flights

NOAA conducted two flights into Julia and five into Lisa during October of this year, all in the Caribbean Sea. The main purpose of all the missions was to gather Doppler Radar and dropwindsonde data for ingestion into NOAA's computer models to improve forecasts. Flight tracks of missions into Julia (left) and Lisa (right) during … Continue reading Recap of Julia and Lisa flights

Review of aircraft missions into Hurricane Earl

NOAA conducted 20 aircraft missions into Hurricane Earl in late August and early September. The series of flights over 12 days was the longest series of flights into one system that NOAA has conducted. We recently reviewed these flights, and the slides from the review can be found here. Flight tracks of all the NOAA … Continue reading Review of aircraft missions into Hurricane Earl

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

Thirtieth anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s landfall in South Florida

Hurricane Andrew made landfall on August 24, 1992, near Homestead, Florida, becoming one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in U.S. history. It had an extremely low central pressure of 922 millibars and maximum sustained wind speeds estimated at 165 miles per hour. The storm rapidly intensified less than 36 hours before landfall, leaving most residents less … Continue reading Thirtieth anniversary of Hurricane Andrew’s landfall in South Florida

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

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

HRD scientists participate in the 34th American Meteorological Society Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

34th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology Virtual Meeting The 34th AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology was held virtually 10-14 May after being postponed from 2020. This is the premiere meeting for operational and research scientists who work on understanding and forecasting tropical cyclones and other tropical weather around the world. HRD scientist … Continue reading HRD scientists participate in the 34th American Meteorological Society Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

AOML reviews science conducted during Hurricane Hunter missions into Laura

Hurricane scientists at AOML provided guidance and data support for National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) tasked reconnaissance into Hurricane Laura, identifying critical information about the system’s location, development, and intensification. Beginning on August 20th, 11 P-3 and 6 G-IV missions were conducted, capturing the complex lifecycle of Laura until its eventual … Continue reading AOML reviews science conducted during Hurricane Hunter missions into Laura