|Lead Project Scientist||Eric Uhlhorn|
|AXBT Scientist||Ben Jaimes de la Cruz (UMiami)|
|Flight Director||Jack Parrish|
|Flt. Eng.||Dewie Floyd|
|Data Tech||Jeff Smith|
|Elec. Tech||Damon San Souci|
Figure 1. Flight track with AXBT drop locations, and altitmeter-derived heat content distribution. Red asterisks are failed probes. The actual track of Gustav is shown tracking directly over the pre-storm ocean experimental domain.
Mission Plan :
N43RF will fly a post-storm mission over the wake of Hurricane Gustav in the Gulf of Mexico. It will leave MacDill AFB, FL at 14:00 UTC, and recover at MacDill AFB, FL by 22:00.
Mission Summary :
||MacDill AFB, FL||13:59 UTC
||MacDill AFB, FL||20:53 UTC
The flight track was designed to sample the ocean wake of Gstav from the Loop Current to 28°N. This track was generally over the same area sampled prior to Gustav on 28 August. The flight was at 8000' unpressurized for free-fall AXBT launches. The sampling strategy called for dropping ASBTs over 0.5° longitude over the Loop Current and north Gulf of Mexico, and every 0.25° along east-to-west legs at the northern boundary of the Loop Current. A total of 68 AXBTs were dropped, of which 53 returned good profiles. The vast majority of bad launches were from channel 14 (Spartan) probes. Additionally, a few channel 16 (Sippican) probes failed, likely due to reciever problems. Only one channel 12 (Sippican) probe failed to return a clean temperature profile. In summary, storm-induced cooling relative to pre-storm conditions was found to be < 1°C in the Loop Current, increasing to around 3°C at the northern part of the experimental domain.
No major problems, other than those associated with bad probes discussed above.
Mission Data :
1 second data file | NetCDF data file
Temperature and Moisture
Wind and Atlitude