Mission Summary
20131005I1 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

LPSJoe Cione
RadarLisa Bucci
IWRAPJoe Sapp (UMass)
W-band radarDan Wolfe (ESRL)

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 10 p.m. CDT (0300 UTC) October 4, Tropical Storm Karen is located within 30 nautical miles of 26.1°N 90.5°W, about 205 mi (330 km) south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 230 mi (375 km) south of Morgan City, Louisiana. Maximum sustained winds are 35 knots (45 mph, 85 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1002 mbar (hPa; 29.59 InHg), and the system is moving NNW 7 mph (11 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 mi (220 km) from the center of Karen, mainly to the north and east of the center.

Mission Summary :

Take off Landing
MacDill AFB, FL05:30 UTC Corpus Christi, TX13:26 UTC


TS Karen: IR Satellite Imagery (OCT 5 0215Z )

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:

Joe Cione
Oct. 5, 2013


Mission Data :

NetCDF file | SFMR data

LPS form | Radar form | Dropsonde form | AXBT form


Flight track

Temperature and Moisture

Wind and Atlitude

Flight track detail


Page last updated October 22, 2013
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