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Tropical Cyclone Reconnaissance Summaries
Summaries: 2015-2016, 2014, 1979 to 2013
The summaries linked above are provided by the 53rd Weather Reconnaissace Sqadron /CARCAH
53rd WRS is represented at the National Hurricane Center
facility in Miami and
working together for a common mission of providing survelliance of tropical storms and hurricanes
in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Eastern and Central Pacific Ocean.
NOAA aircraft fly out of MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida which are assigned to the
53rd WRS, a component of the 403rd Wind located at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi.
NOAA aircraft consists of two Lockheed WP-3D Orion (P-3s) and the Gulfstream IV SP (G-IV) jet. Airforce
aircraft consists primarily of 10, WC-130h's. The primary purpose of reconnaissance missions is to
fix (locate) the position of the storm. They also deploy dropsondes that transmit atmospheric data back
to the maned aircraft.
CARCAH Audio tour - provides a brief overview of CARCAH operations.
NOAA Hurricane Hunters Facebook
National Hurricane Center Aircraft Reconnaissance - offers information on the aircraft data missions,
observational, vortex, dropsonde and other data and information on how to read reconnaissance data. The Value of Aircraft Reconnaissance by Max Mayfield, NHC Director- retired, hurricane specialist .
Looking Back -
The attached letter is a personal look back at the U.S. Navy’s air craft support to the
National Hurricane Center and how they contributed to the nation’s hurricane warning system prior to 1974.
The account provides insight into how the Navy conducted their weather reconnaissance flights.
The essay was written by Frank Nelson, Lt. CMDR (retired) who flew many of these missions as a
pilot and aircraft commander.
Chief Ariel Reconnassaince Coordinator