A decade (2011-2020) of tropical cyclone reconnaissance flights over the South China Sea

Une décennie (2011-2020) de vols de reconnaissance de cyclones tropicaux au-dessus de la mer de Chine méridionale

Hon, Kai-kwong ; Chan, Pak Wai

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A decade has passed since the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) and the Government Flying Service (GFS) jointly commenced operational tropical cyclone (TC) reconnaissance over the South China Sea in 2011, currently the only such programme in the region and a first since the USA terminated aircraft reconnaissance in the western North Pacific in 1987. This paper reviews the HKO-GFS flights between 2011 and 2020, including 24 storm-penetrating flights down to 2000ft and 28 dropsonde missions resulting in 190 profiling measurements, which have supported operational forecasting and warning of TCs as well as contributed to scientific research and regional collaboration.</p>

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