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Aerial Reconnaissance for the North Atlantic in 2012

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Other basins in 2012: East & Central Pacific | West Pacific

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Named Storms

May 20 - May 21
Highest Flight Level Wind: 40 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 45 knots
Lowest MSLP: 1005 mb
2 Missions

May 26 - May 28
Highest Flight Level Wind: 80 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 62 knots
Lowest MSLP: 992 mb
3 Missions

June 23 - June 26
Highest Flight Level Wind: 78 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 53 knots
Lowest MSLP: 991 mb
6 Missions

August 2 - August 9
Highest Flight Level Wind: 86 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 71 knots
Lowest MSLP: 984 mb
12 Missions

August 11 - August 17
Highest Flight Level Wind: 39 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 35 knots
Lowest MSLP: 1005 mb (extrap)
2 Missions

August 21 - August 30
Highest Flight Level Wind: 96 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 66 knots
Lowest MSLP: 966 mb
35 Missions

September 7 - September 8
Highest Flight Level Wind: 83 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 57 knots
Lowest MSLP: 981 mb
4 Missions

September 11 - September 27
5 Missions

October 12
Highest Flight Level Wind: 38 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 43 knots
Lowest MSLP: 1007 mb
1 Mission

October 12 - October 17
Highest Flight Level Wind: 96 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 78 knots
Lowest MSLP: 970 mb
10 Missions

October 22 - October 30
Highest Flight Level Wind: 126 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 95 knots
Lowest MSLP: 941 mb
25 Missions


No available data.

Suspect Areas

Second (BB)
August 20
1 Mission

Non-Tasked Missions

Any mission that has not been tasked by the National Hurricane Center will appear in the archive at the link above. Research missions, including ones that are tropical, and winter missions will appear in this section of the archive.

Airborne Expendable Bathythermograph (AXBT) Data

Dropped from aircraft, once an AXBT is in the water this expendable instrument drops a sensor deep into the water column measuring water temperature at various depths.

Recon data on our site is raw. The raw observations will contain errors at times. The dates above represent the period over which reconnaissance took place, not the duration of the storm. The first date is the date of the first mission and the last date is the date of the last mission. All other observations noted on this archive page come solely from vortex messages, if available. Since this data is more likely to have been reviewed, we use it rather than using any other products on this summary page. It will still sometimes be erroneous. Additionally, our site will not always decode the most significant observations. If that occurs, they will not be reflected here. The highest flight level wind will usually be from the highest flight level wind remark in the remarks section, though it may come from item F, which is where the maximum inbound flight level wind is reported. The highest estimated surface wind is either from item D, the highest surface wind on the inbound leg, or from the highest surface wind remark if available. The surface wind is estimated either by SFMR or visually. The lowest mean sea level pressure (MSLP) comes from item H. If it was extrapolated, rather than measured by a dropsonde, it will be noted if it was noted as such in the vortex message.

Once a suspect area strengthens into a depression or named storm, or a depression strengthens into a named storm, we manually associate the recon that was done into that storm when it was weaker with the name of the highest level of development it achieved. (depression number or named storm)