Mission Summary
20131004I1 Aircraft 43RF
TDR Tropical Storm Karen

Aircraft Crew (43RF)
Aircraft CommanderJustin Kibbey
Co-pilotCathy Martin
Co-pilotPat Didier
NavigatorTim Gallagher
Flight EngineerKen Heystek
Flight EngineerPaul Darby
Flight DirectorIan Sears
Data TechnicianDana Naeher
AVAPSJeff Newman
Electronics TechnicianBobby Peek
Systems EngineerJeff Smith
Scientific Crew (43RF)
LPSJoe Cione
RadarLisa Bucci
IWRAPJoe Sapp (UMass)
W-vand radarDan Wolfe (ESRL)
ObserverKevin Doremus (AOC)

Mission Plan :


Proposed track

NOAA 43RF will carry out a TDR missions into Tropical Storm Karen. The P-3 will leave MacDill AFB, FL 0600 UTC and will recover at MacDill AFB, FL by 1300 UTC the same day. As of 7 p.m. CDT October 3 (0000 UTC October 4), Tropical Storm Karen is located within 20 nautical miles of 23.8°N 88.9°W, about 360 mi (580 km) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Maximum sustained winds are 55 knots (65 mph, 100 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 999 mbar (hPa; 29.50 InHg), and the system is moving to the north-northwest at 10 knots (12 mph, 19 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 mi (220 km) from the center of Karen.

Mission Summary :

Take off Landing
MacDill AFB, FL 06:02 UTC MacDill AFB, FL 13:38 UTC


TS Karen: Visible Satellite Imagery (1845Z)

This flight was a 8h duration, NOAA EMC-tasked operational mission. Real time TDR analyses, 20 GPS drops and 9 AXBTs were all transmitted in near-real time. The mission was conducted at 8K feet and was fully successful.


TS Karen NHC Forecast Track (5-day)

Expendables and drop points:

Problems :

Joe Cione
Oct. 5, 2013


Mission Data :

SFMR data | NetCDF file

LPS log | Radar log | Dropsonde log | AXBT log


Flight track

Temperature and Moisture

Wind and Atlitude

Flight track detail


Page last updated October 22, 2013
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