191 Convective Structure and Environmental Moisture and Wind Conditions for Tropical Storm Cindy (2017) Observed by NASA CPEX Campaign

Thursday, 19 April 2018
Champions DEFGH (Sawgrass Marriott)
Hui Su, JPL, Pasadena, CA; and L. Wu and S. S. Chen

Tropical Storm Cindy (2017) was the third named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. It formed out of a broad area of low pressure in the northwestern Caribbean Sea near the Yucatan Peninsula in mid-June 2017 and became a tropical storm on June 20 after it moved into the Gulf of Mexico. The genesis and evolution of Cindy were captured by NASA Convective Processes Experiment (CPEX), an aircraft campaign launched in the North Atlantic-Gulf of Mexico-Caribbean oceanic region during the early summer of 2017. A suite of instruments on board NASA DC-8 aircraft, including dual-frequency radar, Doppler wind lidar, microwave sounders and dropsondes, observed the thermodynamic and dynamic conditions for Cindy through its lifetime. Together with satellite data, these airborne measurements present a comprehensive view of the environmental conditions and convective storm structure of Cindy. We will present some initial analysis results of the CPEX observations of Cindy (2017).
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