Hurricane Field Program Update — Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 10pm EDT

NOAA49 will conduct a mission in and around Tropical Depression 10, departing Barbados at 0900 local time (1300 UTC), and returning there about 8 hours later.  The aircraft will perform a lawnmower pattern to sample the environment and a circumnavigation of the system about 120 n mi from the center.  The goal is to sample … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 10pm 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 — Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 7pm EDT

The tropics are even more active today, with three tropical cyclones (Hurricane Dorian, Tropical Storm Fernand, and Tropical Depression Eight) spinning in the Atlantic and keeping us busy.  NHC has tasked NOAA49 for its final synoptic surveillance missions around Dorian, departing from Lakeland at 0130 EDT (0530 UTC) and recovering there about 8 hours later.  The … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 7pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Labor Day, September 2, 2019, 7pm EDT

The tropics remain extremely active, with Hurricane Dorian and four other systems in the Atlantic threatening to develop.  This is keeping the NOAA Hurricane Field Program very busy indeed. Tomorrow, the first mission will be a synoptic surveillance missions around Dorian, taking off from Lakeland and returning there about 8 hour later.  The goal is to … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Labor Day, September 2, 2019, 7pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, September 1, 2019, 7pm EDT

We continue to be very busy with Hurricane Dorian as it passes over the northern Bahamas and approaches the southeast U.S. coastline.  NOAA42 will start by ferrying back to Lakeland from New Orleans to start another set of two-per-day missions.  The plane will take off at 0800 CDT (1300 UTC) for the short trip back. … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, September 1, 2019, 7pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, August 31, 2019, 7pm EDT

We continue to be very busy with Hurricane Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas and the southeast U.S. coastline.  Yesterday, the G-IV conducted a mission with its first all-female three-pilot crew.  Congratulations to Capt. Kristie Twining, Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington, and Lt. Lindsey Norman on this milestone. NOAA aircraft will not operate out of Lakeland when … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, August 31, 2019, 7pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, August 29, 2019, 7pm EDT

We remain very busy with Hurricane Dorian.   NOAA42 is currently conducting a NHC- and EMC-tasked reconnaissance flight into Dorian.  On their first pass, they found that Dorian was rapidly intensifying and now had a minimum central pressure of 951 mb from dropsonde, and the stepped-frequency microwave radiometer reported surface wind speed of 112 kt … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, August 29, 2019, 7pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Thursday, August 29, 2019, 5pm EDT

NOAA49 is currently conducting a synoptic surveillance mission around Hurricane Dorian, and NOAA42 just took off from Lakeland for another EMC-tasked mission in Dorian.  Details on this flight can be found in yesterday's update.  NOAA49 will conduct another synoptic surveillance mission around Hurricane Dorian, also Lakeland too Lakeland.  Takeoff time will also be 0130 EDT … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Thursday, August 29, 2019, 5pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 7pm EDT

NOAA49 is currently conducting a synoptic surveillance mission around Hurricane Dorian, and NOAA42 is in the midst of its next EMC-tasked mission into the storm.  The only change is that NOAA 42 will be taking atmospheric observations when it flies over the NOAA Hurricane Underwater Gliders.  Since it is the warm ocean water below Dorian … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 7pm EDT