Mission Summary
20160830I2 Aircraft 43RF
Tropical Depression 09

Aircraft Crew (43RF)
Aircraft CommanderChristopher Kerns
Co-pilotAdam Abitbol
Co-pilotRobert Mitchell
Flight EngineerPaul Darby
Flight EngineerJosh Sanchez
NavigatorTim Gallagher
Flight DirectorIan Sears
Flight DirectorJess Williams
System EngineerTerry Lynch
Data TechnicianMike Mascaro
Dropsonde OperatorTodd Richards
Scientific Crew (43RF)
LPS/DropsondeJon Zawislak FIU/UM/CIMAS/HRD
RadarBachir AnnaneHRD
ObserverAlan BrammerSUNY
ObserverScott ReillyWBBH TV
ObserverKristen KirchhaineWBBH TV

Proposed flight track

Final flight track

Mission Plan :

NOAA 43RF will conduct an NHC-tasked reconnaissance mission into TD09 in the Gulf of Mexico for a 1730 and 2330Z center fix at 2500 ft. If time allows after the 1730Z fix, N43 will climb to 5000 ft for a rotated Fig. 4, with S to N and W to E legs. We would then need to be lower for the 2330Z fix.

Mission Summary :

Take off Landing
MacDill AFB, FL 15:51 UTC MacDill AFB, FL 00:52 UTC

NOAA 43RF conducted an NHC-tasked reconnaissance mission into TD09 in the Gulf of Mexico, initially at 2500 ft for the 1730Z fix. Once released from NHC-tasking, after executing NW-SE and NE-SW legs, N43 climbed to 5000 ft and flew the S to N portion of the rotated Fig. 4 and dropped 4 sondes at the turns and midpoints. We were then asked by CARCAH to return to 2500 ft for our W to E pass, as well as the SE to NW pass that followed for the 2330Z fix. Precipitation was predominantly downshear and at a minimum during the early portion of the flight, but new convection formed not only downshear, but also in the W and SW (upshear) quadrants of the TD in the latter half of the flight. This was a distinct change from the previous days, when clouds and precipitation were noticeably absent from the W and SW sides. A large vertical misalignment of the low and midlevel centers (to the SE) remained.

Jon Zawislak
Sept. 7, 2016

Mission Data :

High Density Ob plots

Flight Level wind plots

SFMR wind plots

Flight track

Temperature and Moisture

Wind and Atlitude

LPS log | Radar log | Drop log |

Flight Director's log | Flight Director's manifest | NetCDF data | 1 second data | serial data

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