70th Anniversary of the first hurricane seeding experiment

On the afternoon of October 13, 1947, an Air Force B-17 aircraft penetrated a hurricane 415 miles (667 km) east of Jacksonville and dumped several pounds of crushed dry ice into the storm, just to see what would happen.  This was the first attempt to modify a tropical cyclone by seeding it with freezing nuclei.  …

35th Anniversary of first airborne Doppler radar measurements made in a tropical cyclone

On September 14, 1982, while NOAA42 was flying the first Synoptic Flow experiment, NOAA43 was taking the first Doppler radar readings from an aircraft in a tropical cyclone. The flight into Hurricane Debby was designed to fly several legs into and out of the eye, forming triangular areas where the radar scans would overlap from …

35th Anniversary of first Synoptic Flow mission

On September 14, 1982, NOAA42 flew the first Synoptic Flow Experiment around Hurricane Debby.  The idea behind the experiment was to fly a large-scale pattern around a hurricane while releasing dropwindsondes at regular intervals.  This would create a three-dimensional map of the winds steering the storm.  The data would be entered into hurricane track forecast …

25th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew striking South Florida

In the early morning hours of August 24, 1992, Category-Five Hurricane Andrew roared across southern Florida leaving behind a trail of devastation that stunned the nation.  Andrew was the first hurricane of this ferocity to hit the continental United States since Hurricane Camille in 1969, and repercussions of its landfall were felt in the world …