IFEX daily log
Friday, September 2, 2005
Today there were no flights planned for any of the P-3Ős. Keesler AFB, home
of the Air Force 53rd Reconnaissance Squadron, was seriously damaged by Hurricane
Katrina. In consideration of the personal needs of the 53rd personnel and because their
aircraft have been diverted to flying humanitarian missions as their top priority, the two
AOC P-3Ős have been designated as primary for reconnaissance tasking. This means that
the NOAA P-3Ős will be tasked for invest and reconnaissance missions in developing
systems near the coast. For more mature hurricanes, the Air Force C-130Ős will be
In the tropics, T.D. #14 is still present, though has shown little signs of
strengthening. Convection is still displaced to the northwest (Fig. 74). There is some
moderate southeasterly shear (Fig. 75) and dry air over this system, preventing much
development from occurring. The low-level steering flow (Fig. 76) indicates that T.D.
#14 will move toward the north-northwest around 50 W, where it may enter a more
favorable environment for development. Following this motion, T.D. #14 would be out
of range for any IFEX or RAINEX objectives.
Figure 74. GOES-East Visible image valid 1115 UTC September 2.
Figure 75. CIMSS-derived 850-200 hPa wind shear (shading, kt) valid 09 UTC
Figure 76. CIMSS-derived layer-average 700-850 hPa winds (kt) valid 09 UTC
HRD Field Program director
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