November 27, 2022

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Recap of Hurricane Ian flights – Hurricane Research Division

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In September, NOAA conducted 15 missions in and around Hurricane Ian before its historic landfall in Florida. Among these were 8 P-3 missions and 7 synoptic surveillance missions conducted by the G-IV. One hundred forty-three dropwindsondes were released along with 18 Airborne Expendable Bathythermographs to measure profiles in the atmosphere and the ocean underneath Ian. A total of 42 realtime analyses of Doppler radar data were transmitted to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction for hurricane specialists to use to analyze the hurricane and for ingestion into state-of-the art hurricane models. In an important and historic first, an Uncrewed Altius-600 was released in the eye of Hurricane Ian to make new and important measurements in tropical cyclones.

The slide deck summarizing the flights can be found at For more information, contact


2022-11-10 20:28:36

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