Recap of Hurricane Ian flights

In September, NOAA conducted 15 missions in and around Hurricane Ian before its historic landfall in Florida. Among these were 8 P-3 missions and 7 synoptic surveillance missions conducted by the G-IV. One hundred forty-three dropwindsondes were released along with 18 Airborne Expendable Bathythermographs to measure profiles in the atmosphere and the ocean underneath Ian. … Continue reading Recap of Hurricane Ian flights

Tropical Storm Eta expected to strengthen while AOML supports further reconnaissance

The NOAA Hurricane Hunters resumes missions into Eta on Tuesday, November 10, once their aircraft completed routine maintenance. Hurricane scientists supporting the flights will quality control the data collected from both aircraft such that the appropriate observation coverage and measurements optimize the performance of operational weather models. Tasked by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the … Continue reading Tropical Storm Eta expected to strengthen while AOML supports further reconnaissance

AOML scientists assess Major Hurricane Delta’s rapid intensification

NOAA aircraft reconnaissance continued for Major Hurricane Delta on October 6, capturing the system's quick maturation overnight. P-3 and G-IV missions are scheduled every 12 hours from Lakeland, FL. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) tasked NOAA's Hurricane Hunters to identify the location and strength of the circulation center, and to survey the atmospheric conditions nearby … Continue reading AOML scientists assess Major Hurricane Delta’s rapid intensification

NOAA Hurricane Hunters conduct missions investigating Hurricane Teddy

AOML's Hurricane Research Division tasked the NOAA Hurricane Hunters to explore the atmospheric conditions associated with Teddy's development. AOML scientists providing support for P-3 and G-IV flights into Teddy plan to manage multiple objectives laid out in their Intensity Forecasting Experiment (IFEX).  Flight track planned for the NOAA P-3 mission into Hurricane Teddy. G-IV reconnaissance will continue on … Continue reading NOAA Hurricane Hunters conduct missions investigating Hurricane Teddy

AOML shifts its reconnaissance and research efforts to Hurricane Teddy, reviews Hurricane Sally data

AOML's Hurricane Research Division tasked all three NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft to perform science operations into Hurricane Teddy, now a category-2 tropical cyclone and still intensifying in the mid-Atlantic.  Operations into Teddy began yesterday with G-IV aircraft objectives defined in AOML’s  Synoptic Flow Experiment as part of NOAA's Hurricane Field Program. The G-IV took off for … Continue reading AOML shifts its reconnaissance and research efforts to Hurricane Teddy, reviews Hurricane Sally data

Hurricane Hunter flights continue into Sally and Teddy

NOAA's P-3 aircraft wrapped up their sequence of missions into Hurricane Sally prior to the system's eventual landfall along the central Gulf Coast. Tasked by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), its final flight took off on September 15 at 9:30 EDT from Lakeland, FL.  Hurricane scientists supporting P-3 missions into Hurricane Sally identified the location … Continue reading Hurricane Hunter flights continue into Sally and Teddy

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

HRD scientists participate in 22nd annual AVAPS Users Group Meeting

The meeting is held annually to present recent work on the technology, science, and operations of dropwindsonde systems.  Participants from around the world attend. HRD scientists gave three presentations, which can be found at ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/pub/hrd/blog/meetings/2020/avaps2020.zip.

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Dorian – 30 January 2020

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 15 P-3 and 10 G-IV missions into Hurricane Dorian, AL05 (26 August - 5 September 2019). The format of the debrief was different than in the past. A brief overview is provided of the storm and missions, followed by a series of 8 short presentations discussing planned and … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Dorian – 30 January 2020

Hurricane Field Program Update — Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10pm EDT

After completing a research mission around Tropical Storm Jerry today, NOAA49 will switch to operations, with a synoptic surveillance mission Thursday.  Takeoff will be at 1:30 pm local time (1730 UTC) from Barbados, with a return there about 8 hours later. The targets are the storm itself and the southwest periphery of the subtropical ridge … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10pm EDT