Misunderstandings exist about how NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC) obtains aircraft reconnaissance and surveillance data and how those data are disseminated. Some have concluded incorrectly that NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) delays release of some data. We expect the information below to clarify these issues.
In short, there is no intentional delay in releasing hurricane reconnaissance data by NOAA or by the Air Force.
Note: Once the Air Force Reserves switch from using the older C-130H models to flying the newer C-130J models, a software change is expected to enable CARCAH to time stamp the product with the actual time the Vortex Message is generated, rather than a time that precedes completion of the data gathering, analysis, QC, and product generation process.
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