Wednesday, October 28, 2015

NOAA Hurricane Hunter flying the eyewall of Hurricane Patricia

As most of you know, Hurricane Patricia made landfall last Friday in Mexico packing 165 mph winds. Here is video of NOAA Hurricane Hunter NOAA43 flying the eye of Patricia when she was still over the eastern Pacific. The video was shared on Facebook by the NOAA Hurricane Hunters, if you have trouble or can not see the video here is a direct link to the video on Facebook You will be intersted in the following commentary that was posted with the video:
Video captured by NOAA P3 Mechanic Lonnie Kregelka on NOAA43 (10/23/15) during it's first pass through East Pacific Hurricane #Patricia. The crew experienced +3G and -1.5G. The last ten seconds of this video the crew hit an up draft followed immediately by a down draft. The plane and crew were thumped so hard that the flight director's (Meteorologist's) keyboard flew off his station and all of his data was dumped. The crew circled for a hour afterwards as the Flight Director reconstructed the data from the eye wall penetration to transmit that data to NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center. From the data collected, NHC analyzed Hurricane Patricia at 879 mb, a Western Hemisphere record for lowest pressure.
Hurricane Patricia

Video captured by NOAA P3 Mechanic Lonnie Kregelka on #NOAA43 (10/23/15) during it's first pass through East Pacific Hurricane #Patricia. The crew experienced +3G and -1.5G. The last ten seconds of this video the crew hit an up draft followed immediately by a down draft. The plane and crew were thumped so hard that the flight director's (Meteorologist's) keyboard flew off his station and all of his data was dumped. The crew circled for a hour afterwards as the Flight Director reconstructed the data from the eye wall penetration to transmit that data to NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center. From the data collected, NHC analyzed Hurricane Patricia at 879 mb, a Western Hemisphere record for lowest pressure.

Posted by The NOAA Hurricane Hunters on Saturday, October 24, 2015
Direct link to video on Facebook which should be publicly available

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