30 August, 2016 06:13

SHOUT 2016 Hurricane Rapid Response Launches 2nd Science Flight Over GASTON & AL-91

SHOUT 2016 Hurricane Rapid Response Launches 2nd Science Flight Over GASTON & AL-91

NASA/NOAA Global Hawk concludes 24 hour mission after dropping 55 sondes supplying real-time data to the National Hurricane Center.

The SHOUT Team flying the NASA Global Hawk concluded a 24 hour mission at 1752 EDT August 27th after dropping 55 sondes into GASTON and AL-91 as requested by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Once again, this real-time data influenced the NHC’s forecast and was mentioned in the Tropic Weather Outlook.

From the TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 200 AM EDT SAT AUG 27 2016 (Attached): "3. A broad area of low pressure is centered a little over a hundred miles south-southwest of Bermuda. The associated shower activity is currently disorganized. However, data from the NASA/NOAA Global Hawk aircraft indicate that the low is producing winds near 35 mph east of the center. This low is forecast to move westward and then west-northwestward at about 10 mph toward the coast of the Carolinas during the next few days, but any development is likely to be slow to occur due to the system’s proximity to dry air. Forecaster Berg"

SHOUT’s Co-PI, Jason Dunion, coordinated with the NHC throughout the mission, optimizing the flight pattern designs to capture both atmospheric events. "The good communications and close relationships between our research and operational partners continues to drive the success of this campaign," says Dunion. "More good things will follow."

The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s, Terry Hock adds, "I’m glad the Airborne Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System’s (AVAPS) dropsondes have contributed operationally during this research mission. Our progress from the team’s successes during NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) moves us closer to AVAPS’ standard operations from unmanned aircraft."

John "JC" Coffey

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