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RAINEX: NOAA P-3 Airborne/Air Expendable Bathythermograph (AXBT) Sonde Data


The Airborne eXpendable BathyThermograph (AXBT) measures ocean temperature as a function of depth. As part of the Hurricane Research Division's hurricane field program, AXBT data is collected to 1) assess the upper ocean's heat content available to approaching hurricanes, and 2) make quantitative estimates of upper ocean rates of mixing and cooling, and heat fluxes in the storm environment. During RAINEX, 18 AXBTs were dropped in post-Katrina warm eddy on 9/15 from the NOAA N43RF P-3. AXBT's were also dropped on 9/22 and 9/23, 2005.

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Data Quality final
  • 1.0 (2007-11-05)
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Spatial Type point
Frequency no set schedule
Language English
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2005-09-15 00:00:00
End datetime 2005-09-23 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 26.631, Minimum (South) Latitude: 24.334
Minimum (West) Longitude: -92.654, Maximum (East) Longitude: -85.54

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Hurricane Research Division (HRD), NOAA. 2007. RAINEX: NOAA P-3 Airborne/Air Expendable Bathythermograph (AXBT) Sonde Data. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 04 Dec 2023.

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