Once in the center of the storm, the loadmaster prepares a dropsonde
to be launched from a tube within the WC-130J Hercules and fall to the surface of the ocean recording wind speed, air pressure and storm rotation.
is one of several weather instruments that measures temperature, pressure, dew point, wind speed and direction inside the hurricane, as well as the surface pressure inside the hurricane's eye.
The HDSS is an automated system deploying the expendable digital dropsonde
(XDD) designed to launch dropsondes
at high temporal rates (spatial intervals as small as -4 km) to measure wind, pressure, temperature, and humidity profiles and skin sea surface temperature (SST).
The AVAPS dropsonde
system will eject small sensors tied to parachutes that drift down through the storm, measuring winds, temperature and humidity.
is a weather instrument package released by a weather reconnaissance loadmaster into the eyewall and center of the hurricane.
transects with 4-10-km spacing through the inner cores of Hurricanes Patricia, Joaquin, and Marty depict the large horizontal and vertical gradients in winds and thermodynamic properties.
Boston Engineering's MASED an acronym for Multi-Purpose Above Surface/Below Surface Expendable Dropsonde
is an instrumented buoy with advanced sensors.
demonstrates the process of launching a dropsonde
during a training mission for local and national media members as part of the 403rd Wing's annual media day.
operator hitting the aircraft's ceiling when the aircraft hit an air pocket.
However, measurements taken by airborne SFMR provide a very good connection between the sparse dropsonde
data and the observed SMAP wind fields.