Heather Holbach visits the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters

On 13 and 14 November , the Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters hosted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Hunters and representatives from the  National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Chief, Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination, All Hurricanes for an end-of-season meeting.  Heather Holbach represented NOAA Research at that meeting to … Continue reading Heather Holbach visits the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters

2019 Hurricane Field Program Season in Review and Hotwash, 13 November 2019

The purpose of the season review and "hotwash" is to review the highlights from the season and discuss what went right / what went wrong / and what could be done better in the future with respect to Hurricane Field Program operations/plans/logistics, as well as provide feedback to AOC about the aircraft and their operations. … Continue reading 2019 Hurricane Field Program Season in Review and Hotwash, 13 November 2019

Hurricane Field Program Update — Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5pm EDT

We are planning two flights into Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 for Friday.  The first, with NOAA42, will depart Lakeland at 0800 EDT (1200 UTC) and perform a lawnmower pattern through and around the system The second, with NOAA43, will depart 12 hour later, and perform a butterfly pattern Both will return to Lakeland.  Both missions … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5pm EDT

HRD Monthly Science Meeting of October 2019

October’s science meeting consisted of seven presentations: Sim Aberson -  “A comparison of SAMURAI, HEDAS, and radar analyses for Hurricane Patricia (and a sneak peek into Dorian)” Lisa Bucci - "Understanding the response of tropical cyclone structure to the assimilation of synthetic wind profiles" Hui Christophersen - "TROPICS Radiance OSSE Update" Xiaomin Chen -  “A … Continue reading HRD Monthly Science Meeting of October 2019

Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, September 20, 2019, 5pm EDT

NOAA49 will conduct a tropical cyclone in shear research in and around Hurricane Jerry.  Takeoff will be from Barbados at 1330 AST (1730 UTC), with recovery in Lakeland about 8 hours later.  NOAA42 will be conducting an operational INVEST mission into AL99 just to the east of the Windward Islands, with takeoff at 1030 AST … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, September 20, 2019, 5pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Thursday, September 19, 2019, 10pm EDT

NOAA49 will conduct an operational synoptic surveillance mission around Hurricane Jerry, taking off from Barbados at 130 EDT (1730 UTC), and landing there about 8 hours later.  The goal is to gather dropwindsonde data to improve model forecasts of the hurricane.  The targets for this mission are Jerry itself and the subtropical ridge to its … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Thursday, September 19, 2019, 10pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Monday, September 16, 2019, 11pm EDT

After completing its fourth mission into Hurricane Humberto Monday, NOAA42 will conduct another NESDIS-tasked Ocean Winds mission into Hurricane Humberto on 17 September, departing Lakeland around 1 pm EDT (1700 UTC) and returning there about 8 hours later.  The aircraft will sample Humberto in a figure-four pattern and then perform maneuvers for ocean winds.  This … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Monday, September 16, 2019, 11pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11pm EDT

NOAA42 will conduct a NESDIS-tasked Ocean Winds mission into Hurricane Humberto on 16 September, departing Lakeland around 2 pm EDT (1800 UTC) and returning there about 8 hours later.  The aircraft will sample Humberto in a figure-four pattern and then perform maneuvers for ocean winds.  A follow-on mission is planned for Tuesday. The G-IV will … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11pm EDT

NOAA42 will conduct a third EMC-tasked mission into Tropical Storm Humberto on 15 September, departing Lakeland around 5 pm EDT (2100 UTC) and returning there 4.5 hours later.  The aircraft will sample Humberto in a butterfly pattern, and possibly gather data during an overpass of the Atmospheric Dynamics Mission Aeolus satellite to help validate its … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, September 13, 2019, 11pm EDT

NOAA42 recently completed an EMC-tasked mission into what is now Tropical Storm Humberto.  The data from the mission was integral in upgrading the system from a tropical depression.  The aircraft will conduct a second such mission on 14 September, departing Lakeland around 5 pm EDT (2100 UTC) and returning there 4.5 hours later.  The aircraft … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, September 13, 2019, 11pm EDT