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

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 — 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 — Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 5pm EDT

NOAA49 is currently conducting a synoptic surveillance mission around Tropical Storm Dorian, and NOAA42 is set to take off for its next EMC-tasked mission into the storm.  Details on these missions can be found in yesterday's update.  After that, the aircraft will get busier, with multiple missions per day. First, NOAA49 is tasked for another … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 5pm EDT

Hurricane Field Program Update — Monday, August 26, 2019

NOAA42 is currently conducting an EMC-tasked mission into Tropical Storm Dorian.  The aircraft took off from Lakeland this afternoon a little late, and will soon recover in St. Croix.  Details of that mission can be found in yesterday's update. NOAA42 will conduct a second EMC-tasked mission into Tropical Storm Dorian tomorrow.  The aircraft will take … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Monday, August 26, 2019

Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, August 25, 2019

There will be an EMC-tasked mission into Tropical Storm Dorian Monday, takeoff from Lakeland, FL at 1400 EDT (1800Z), recovering in St. Croix about 8 hours later.  The goal of the mission is to obtain data in the core to improve model forecasts.  The proposed flight track is shown below. In addition, the National Hurricane … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Sunday, August 25, 2019

Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, August 24, 2019

The National Hurricane Center has tasked NOAA49 for a synoptic surveillance mission around what is now Tropical Storm Dorian.  The aircraft will depart Lakeland at 1730 UTC and recover in St. Croix about 8 h later, after circumnavigating the storm.  The purpose of the mission is to obtain dropwindsonde and Doppler radar data to improve forecasts … Continue reading Hurricane Field Program Update — Saturday, August 24, 2019

2019 Hurricane Field Program Plan now available

One of the key aspects of NOAA’s Mission is, “To understand and predict changes in the climate, weather, oceans, and coasts...” with a long-term goal of achieving a, “Weather-ready Nation,” in which society is able to prepare for, and respond to, weather-related events. This objective specifies the need to improve the understanding and prediction of … Continue reading 2019 Hurricane Field Program Plan now available

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Florence, EP96 Genesis, and G-IV SAL Mission – 22 October 2018

HRD researchers discussed the results from the 3 P-3 and 9 G-IV missions into Hurricane Florence, AL06 (8-13 September 2018). The agenda for the discussion was: Agenda: Missions Overview (Jon Zawislak) Deployment Overview 20180908H1 (Jon Zawislak) 20180909H1 (Jon Zawislak) 20180910H1 (Jon Zawislak) NESDIS / Ocean Winds (Joe Sapp NESDIS) HRD researchers also discussed the results … Continue reading HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Florence, EP96 Genesis, and G-IV SAL Mission – 22 October 2018