USAF Hurricane Hunters Tracked Sally | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-

Airborne Unmanned-
Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Flight Training-Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Unlimited-

Airborne Special Programs!
Airborne-YouTube Airborne Unlimited--10.19.20 Airborne-Unmanned--10.14.20   Airborne-Flight Training--09.23.20 Airborne Unlimited--10.16.20  The 2020 Avionics Innovation Preview!

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--10.19.20


Airborne-Flight Training--09.23.20

Airborne Unlimited--10.16.20

Airborne's Annual April 1st Episode

Sat, Sep 19, 2020

USAF Hurricane Hunters Tracked Sally

Members Of The 53rd WRS Made Multiple Flights Into Hurricane Sally

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters,” flew nine missions into Hurricane Sally to track the storm and gather data.

The 53rd WRS, an Air Force Reserve unit assigned to the 403rd Wing, started flying missions into then-Tropical Storm Sally from their home station, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Sept. 11, said Maj. Grant Wagner, a 53rd WRS navigator and mission commander.

As the storm headed toward the coast of Mississippi, the 403rd Wing evacuated their planes to another base and relocated three WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Ellington Airport, Texas to continue flying missions into Sally.

During their flight late Sept. 13, the tropical storm was upgraded to a hurricane. As a Category 1 hurricane, forecasters were still uncertain of how much Sally would strengthen.

“The eye of the storm struggled to remain stable, but had category 1 winds,” said Capt. Melissa Templeton, 53rd WRS aerial reconnaissance weather officer.

The Hurricane Hunters continued to fly missions into the storm to give the National Hurricane Center data for their forecast models using dropsondes.

“Dropsondes are weather data-collection devices that are released from the aircraft into the storm,” said Senior Airman Donny Arseneaux, a 53rd WRS loadmaster. “We deploy multiple ‘sondes’ to collect weather data, such as wind speed, air pressure, temperature, and humidity.”

This data is sent back to the loadmaster’s computer on the aircraft, and they send it to the weather officer for review before it is transmitted to the NHC to be used in updating the forecast models of the storm.

Over the course of six days, the aircrews tracked Hurricane Sally until it made landfall as a Category 2 storm near Gulf Shores, Alabama, Sept. 16. After weakening back down to a tropical storm, it continued moving in a northeast direction.

Out of the storm’s path, the aircraft were relocated back to Keesler AFB Sept. 17 to their mission of tracking future storms.




More News

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.18.20): Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)

Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) An area of airspace over land or water in which the ready identification, location, and control of all aircraft (except for Department of Def>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.18.20)

Aero Linx: The Peachtree DeKalb Airport Association (PDKAA) The Peachtree DeKalb Airport Association (PDKAA) represents a diverse aviation community comprised of pilots, businesses>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 10.14.20: KBYF Adds CTA, Sonin Hybrid, NRC: Drones v Planes

Also: Patented: uAvionix UAS RID, Fortress UAV, Drone Bridge Inspection, DroneSeed FAA Approval AUVSI and AMA, along with the FAA have confirmed that the Consumer Technology Associ>[...]

Airborne 10.16.20: 1st Flt-Merlin Lite, Virgin Galactic Ready, B-29 Doc

Also: Expedition 64 Arrives, NTSB Corrects Media, New RAF Red Arrows Leader, Upgrade For A330-900 We have a packed episode today filled with the latest news, let's start with some >[...]

'Women in the Air Force' Exhibit Coming To National Museum of the USAF

This Exhibit Will Feature Over 60 Artifacts That Have Never Been Seen On Public Display Before As the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that extended voting rights to women i>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2020 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC