Wheels up! NOAA’s P3 aircraft is up in the air and on its way to fly inside Hurricane Maria

NOAA's P3 hurricane hunter aircraft took off at 1 PM ET (1700 UTC) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, in Lakeland, FL to fly into Hurricane Maria. In this mission, we plan to test and release an unmanned aerial system called Coyote. We also have a unique instrument called the Doppler Wind Lidar. This instrument uses laser …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Friday, 22, Sept. 2017 NOAA42: The P3 is tasked to fly an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Coyote/Doppler Wind Lidar (DWL) research mission into Hurricane Maria. Take off is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET (1700 UTC) from Lakeland, FL. Four HRD scientists will be on this flight. G-IV: No flights are scheduled. Saturday, 23, Sept. 2017 …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Thursday, 21, Sept. 2017 NOAA42: No flights are scheduled. G-IV: The G-IV will ferry back to Lakeland, FL from Barbados. Friday, 22 Sept. 2017 NOAA42: The P3 is scheduled to fly into Hurricane Maria with a take-off time of 1:00 PM ET (1700 UTC) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL. Three HRD scientists will …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, 11 AM ET

OPERATIONS Friday, 25 Aug. 2017 NOAA42: N42RF is flying an EMC-tasked Tail Doppler Radar mission into Harvey.  They took off around 1400 UTC (10AM ET) from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL around. Four HRD scientists will be on this flight. NASA EPOCH-NOAA UAS Global Hawk: No flights are scheduled. G-IV: No flights are scheduled. Saturday, 26 …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, 11AM ET

OPERATIONS Thursday, 24 Aug. 2017 NOAA42: N42RF is flying an EMC-tasked Tail Doppler Radar mission into Harvey. This flight took off from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL around 1400 UTC (10 AM ET). Four HRD scientists will be on this flight. NASA EPOCH-NOAA UAS Global Hawk: The Global Hawk landed at NASA’s Armstrong Research Flight Facility, Edwards, …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 11AM ET

OPERATIONS Wednesday, 23 Aug. 2017 NOAA42: N42RF was scheduled to fly an EMC-tasked Tail Doppler Radar mission into the remnants of Harvey.  with a take off time of 1400 UTC (10AM ET). This flight was canceled due to a mechanical issue. NASA EPOCH-NOAA UAS Global Hawk: The Global Hawk is on its way to fly the remnants of Harvey. …

Ready for takeoff! The P3 and Global Hawk are headed to fly into the remnants of Harvey in the Gulf

The flight and science crews are ready to fly. Takeoff is scheduled for 10AM ET for both aircraft. The P3 will depart from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL, for a seven-hour mission. The NOAA P3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft is tasked by NOAA's Environmental Modeling Center. The Center runs NOAA's weather forecast models. They are particularly …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, 11AM ET

OPERATIONS Tuesday, 22 Aug. 2017 G-IV: N49RF is tasked by NHC for a synoptic surveillance mission around the remnants of Harvey. Takeoff is scheduled for 1730 UTC (1:30PM ET) from Lakeland, FL and returning there eight hours later. NOAA42: No flights are scheduled. NASA EPOCH-NOAA UAS Global Hawk:  No flights are scheduled. Wednesday, 23 Aug. 2017 …

Hurricane Field Program Update – Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 11AM Eastern

OPERATIONS Friday, 18 Aug. 2017 G-IV: No flights are scheduled. NOAA42: N42RF will ferry to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands in preparation for NHC-tasked reconnaissance missions. No HRD scientists will be on the flight. NASA EPOCH-NOAA UAS Global Hawk:  The Global Hawk is scheduled to perform a 3-hr range test flight. Take off is scheduled for …

HRD Debrief for missions into Hurricane Franklin – 15 August 2017

HRD researchers discussed the results from the two P-3 and one Global Hawk mission into Hurricane Franklin (8-9 August 2017). The agenda for the discussion was: Mission Overview (Reasor) Science Discussions 20170808H1 (Zawislak) 20170809H1 (Rogers) EMC input (Sippel) Additional field program issues Slides from the debrief are available at: ftp://ftp.aoml.noaa.gov/pub/hrd/blog/meetings/2017/HFP/franklin17_debrief_main.pptx