NASA To Host Google+ Hangout on Hurricane Research Flights Using Drones

UM Scientist To Participate


WASHINGTON-July 19, 2013 -- NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 23 as the agency prepares to fly two unmanned aircraft over Atlantic Ocean hurricanes this summer. Brian McNoldy from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science will participate in the event as one of four panelists. He also blogs for the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang as their tropical weather expert.

NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission is a five-year project that first took to the field in 2012 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va. HS3 is investigating the roles of the large-scale environment and storm-scale internal processes in hurricane formation and intensity change in the Atlantic basin. HS3 scientists will use two NASA Global Hawk aircraft during the campaign, one with instruments measuring the environment around a tropical cyclone and the other with instruments looking into the storms.

Participants in the Hangout will hear about the 2012 mission and preparations underway for the upcoming flights. The HS3 lead scientist will explain how NASA will peer into hurricanes and a Global Hawk pilot will discuss remote flying over tropical cyclones. McNoldy will provide insight into possible research applications of the Global Hawk missions.

Panelists for the Google+ Hangout are:

-- Scott Braun, HS3 principal investigator, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

-- Tom Miller, Global Hawk pilot, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.

-- Marilyn Vasques, HS3 project manager, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

-- Brian McNoldy, senior research associate, Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography UM Rosenstiel School, Miami, Fla.

Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people or groups to chat, while thousands more can watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. The Hangout also will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

To join the Hangout, visit: For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:"

About the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940's, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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