WP-3D Aircraft-Satellite Data Link

WP-3D aircraft on hurricane reconnaissance or research missions transmit in-situ data via satellite to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) every 15-30 min.

Five types of data transmissions can be sent:

HRD has developed software for analyses of these data in near real-time at NHC to enable the forecasters to visualize the storm structure and interpret the kinematic structure in the context of the convective organization.


Griffin, J.S., R.W. Burpee, F.D. Marks, And J.L. Franklin, 1992: Real-time airborne analysis of aircraft data supporting operational hurricane forecasting. Wea. Forecasting, 7, 480-490.

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Updated August 28, 2001