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NOAA is pleased to have NASA as a partner in the 1998 hurricane research program. This collaboration is the beginning of a renewed effort to unravel the mysteries of these devastating storms under a multi-agency (DoD, NASA, NOAA, and NSF) effort over the next 5-6 years, the U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP). USWRP is focused on the meteorological research community's contribution to the reduction in the impacts of disastrous weather on the nation, in particular hurricane landfall. Addition of CAMEX-3 (Third Convection and Moisture Experiment) to the NOAA hurricane research program is a prototype for this interagency cooperation.

The NASA DC-8 and ER-2 research aircraft are available for hurricane research flights in the Atlantic basin for the first time under the CAMEX-3 (NASA aircraft last flew in hurricanes over 19 years ago). These research aircraft provide a unique capability to sample the hurricane at altitudes we haven't sampled in over 20 years. The DC-8 provides a high altitude research platform for a variety of remote sensors, dropsondes and microphysics measurements in the inner core of the storm, while the ER-2 provides in situ data in the lower stratosphere, and remote sensed measurements through the troposphere. The research plans for this season include flight tracks for the NASA aircraft to take advantage of their unique observational capabilities. All of these experiments have been flown in past years, but new emphasis is put on adding the enhanced capabilities of the DC-8 and ER-2 to that of the WP-3Ds.

The most important CAMEX-3 contribution to hurricane research is improved understanding of the distribution of moisture and precipitation in the inner portion of the storm. In particular, three specific areas deserve mention:

Finally, DC-8 flights into the hurricane core provide invaluable experience for future NOAA G-IVSP flights into the storm.


©1998 NOAA/AOML Hurricane Research Division

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For information about NOAA Hurricane Field Program marks@aoml.noaa.gov
For information about NASA CAMEX-3 Robbie.Hood@msfc.nasa.gov
For information about USWRP carbone@ncar.ucar.edu, or snelson@nsf.gov
Updated Tuesday, 15 September 1998made with Mac