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Aerial Reconnaissance for the North Atlantic in 2023

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Other basins in 2023: East & Central Pacific | West Pacific

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Named Storms

June 1 - June 3
Highest Flight Level Wind: 53 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 38 knots
Lowest MSLP: 998 mb
4 Missions

June 21 - June 24
Highest Flight Level Wind: 65 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 69 knots
Lowest MSLP: 996 mb
7 Missions

June 24 - June 25
Highest Flight Level Wind: 59 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 51 knots
Lowest MSLP: 1006 mb
2 Missions

August 20 - August 29
Highest Flight Level Wind: 140 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 128 knots
Lowest MSLP: 927 mb
20 Missions

August 21 - August 22
Highest Flight Level Wind: 56 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 52 knots
Lowest MSLP: 1004 mb (extrap)
2 Missions

August 27 - August 31
Highest Flight Level Wind: 123 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 116 knots
Lowest MSLP: 943 mb
16 Missions

September 7 - September 16
Highest Flight Level Wind: 153 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 158 knots
Lowest MSLP: 928 mb
40 Missions

September 19 - September 20
Highest Flight Level Wind: 101 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 75 knots
Lowest MSLP: 974 mb
4 Missions

September 22 - September 23
Highest Flight Level Wind: 75 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 70 knots
Lowest MSLP: 981 mb
2 Missions

September 29 - October 6
Highest Flight Level Wind: 56 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 60 knots
Lowest MSLP: 999 mb
12 Missions

October 19 - October 27
Highest Flight Level Wind: 86 knots
Highest Est. Surface Wind: 74 knots
Lowest MSLP: 991 mb
16 Missions


November 16 - November 17
2 Missions

Suspect Areas

Third (DD)
October 10
1 Mission

Fourth (EE)
October 29
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)