N43RF is tasked by NHC for a one plane SFMR surface wind mission into Hurricane Frances. Takeoff from Barbados will be at 11:00 AM AST and will recover in Barbados at 5:00 PM AST.
Mission Summary :
NOAA 43 flew a second tasked operational SFMR surface wind flight
into Frances today. The flight left Barbados at 11:30 AM AST and
recovered in Barbados at 5:40 PM AST.
The SFMR again performed flawlessly and 2
surface analyses were completed in real time using the HRD H*WIND
software by Mark Powell at NHC where he consulted directly with
forecasters. One of the highest SFMR surface winds ever measured
was recorded at 118 kts. This measurement was near where a 700mb
flight level wind of 144 kts was measured. The SFMR confirmed
that Frances is now a CAT 4 hurricane.
Field Program Director
Mission Data :
Temperature and Moisture
Wind and Atlitude
Flight track detail
SFMR and flight level winds
Significant wave height