Tasked by both the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), NOAA aircraft reconnaissance continues into Hurricane Zeta on October 28, with routine missions taking off from Lakeland, FL at 4 AM EDT.
Hurricane scientists supporting these flights assessed Zeta’s wind and precipitation characteristics as the circulation emerged over water after making landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Lower fuselage radar measurements collected from NOAA’s P-3 Hurricane Hunters captured the system reorganization.
Onboard Tail Doppler Radar indicated that while Hurricane Zeta exhibits a more symmetric appearance, the immature eyewall reveals the impact of hostile environmental conditions.
NHC forecasts that Hurricane Zeta will continue to intensify as conditions become more favorable while the cyclone approaches the Gulf Coast on Wednesday.
The mission the morning of Wednesday, October 28 is the final flight into Zeta prior to landfall.
>> Scientist K. Ryan
>> Edits by L. Bucci
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