ABout HS3 and the Global Hawk
I have been fortunate enough to work with NASA on the HS3 Mission, bringing live NASA data about hurricanes into the classroom. Last summer I worked with NASA to develop a weather curriculum based on the mission. This school year, they are flying out phase 2 of the mission, and we are lucky enough to continue to have access to this program. Yes, that photo below is your teacher, Mrs. Mobley, at Edwards Air Force Base, checking out the Global Hawks!
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This school year, NASA is sending out another unmanned mission to study hurricanes. We are fortunate to be one the only classes in the U.S. piloting a program based on live data collected by the drones while in flight. Check back here for updates, research, and information.
According to the NASA website. "The Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) is a five-year mission specifically targeted to investigate the processes that underlie hurricane formation and intensity change in the Atlantic Ocean basin. HS3 is motivated by hypotheses related to the relative roles of the large-scale environment and storm-scale internal processes. HS3 addresses the controversial role of the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) in tropical storm formation and intensification as well as the role of deep convection in the inner-core region of storms. Addressing these science questions requires sustained measurements over several years due to the limited sampling opportunities in any given hurricane season. Past NASA hurricane field campaigns have all faced the same limitation: a relatively small sample (3-4) of storms forming during the campaigns under a variety of scenarios and undergoing widely varying evolutions. The small sample is not just a function of tropical storm activity in any given year, but also the distance of storms from the base of operations."