|Aircraft Commander||Mark Nelson|
|Flight Engineer||Dewie Floyd|
|Flight Engineer||Paul Darby|
|Flight Director||Barry Damiano|
|System Engineer||Dana Naeher|
|Data Technician||Mike Mascaro|
|Dropsonde Operator||Jeff Smith|
|Crew Chief||Kevin Rotteveel|
|Lead Scientist||Sim Aberson|
|Radar Scientist||John Gamache|
|Dropsonde Scientist||Tomislava Vukicevic|
|Cloud Physics Scientist||Terry Lathem (GeorgiaTech)|
Mission Plan :
N43RF is scheduled to fly an EMC-tasked Tail Doppler Radar mission into Tropical Storm Tomas in the Central Caribbean Sea. Takeoff at 0800 UTC 04 November from MacDill. The plan is to go around the east side of Cuba and approach Tomas from the north. A figure-4 with 90-nm legs will be performed, leaving the aircraft on the west side of the storm. A final pass through the center from west to east is performed before recovery in St. Croix.
Mission Summary :
||MacDill AFB, FL
||St. Croix, USVI
The inner wind speed maximum disappeared by 2.5 km altitude (Fig. 2), and the well-defined wind center disappeared by 4 km altitude (Fig. 3). All levels showed the convective asymmetry of the storm, with nearly all reflectors on the east side. No large shear was evident in the Doppler.
There were some radar problems early in the flight that the engineers were able to fix. Otherwise, the flight was uneventful.
Temperature and Moisture
Wind and Atlitude
Page last updated February 22, 2011
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