Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10pm EDT

All three NOAA aircraft flew in and around Hurricane Lorenzo today, with both P3s flying the same tracks (at 8 and 10 kft) through the storm within 15 minutes of each other. The G-IV departed the storm just as the P3s were entering. The G-IV flew an HRD research mission in support of the NESDIS … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11pm EDT

All three NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft were airborne at the same time today, in and around Hurricane Lorenzo. The G-IV flew a successful HRD research mission in support of the NESDIS Satellite Validation experiment, flying around Lorenzo in a star pattern that sampled the environmental interaction and aligning the pattern with an NOAA-20 overpass to … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, September 27, 2019, 5pm EDT

All three aircraft, NOAA42, NOAA43, and NOAA49, are now in Barbados due to Hurricane Lorenzo.  NOAA43 spent today conducting a search-and-rescue mission for the tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode, while NOAA49 conducted its mission as scheduled.  For tomorrow, NOAA42 will conduct another search-and-rescue mission for the tug, while NOAA43 and NOAA49 conduct research missions. NOAA49 will … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Friday, September 27, 2019, 5pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11pm EDT

NOAA42 will continue to do research missions into Tropical Storm Jerry tomorrow with a 1030 AST/EDT (1430 UTC) takeoff from St. Croix that will fly the storm, then return to Lakeland. That mission will once again support the TC in Shear and Ocean Winds experiments. In addition, there is a satellite overpass (AMSR2) at approximately … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11pm EDT

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 — 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

HRD observation team monthly meeting – 15 August 2019

The purpose of the observation team meetings is to bring together the people who use observations in their research on a regular basis to discuss issues they’re having, provide updates on observations they’re analyzing or collecting, and any other information that may be of interest to the broader group.  These meetings are also an excellent … Continue reading HRD observation team monthly meeting – 15 August 2019