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Reconnaissance Archive

Select a storm to view reconnaissance data for that system. To select data for a different year, select a year below the list of storms for the latest available year. This archive updates in real time.

North Atlantic Basin in 2017

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Named Storms

June 20 - June 22
Highest Flight Level Wind: 62 knots
3 Missions

July 18 - July 19
Highest Flight Level Wind: 38 knots
2 Missions

August 7 - August 10
Highest Flight Level Wind: 89 knots
7 Missions

August 18 - August 29
Highest Flight Level Wind: 129 knots
21 Missions

September 3 - September 10
Highest Flight Level Wind: 171 knots
31 Missions

September 8 - September 21
Highest Flight Level Wind: 146 knots
18 Missions

September 6 - September 9
Highest Flight Level Wind: 89 knots
5 Missions

September 17 - September 27
Highest Flight Level Wind: 157 knots
35 Missions

October 5 - October 10
Highest Flight Level Wind: 89 knots
14 Missions

September 16
1 Mission

October 29
Highest Flight Level Wind: 44 knots
1 Mission


June 19
Highest Flight Level Wind: 33 knots
1 Mission

June 20
Highest Flight Level Wind: 46 knots
1 Mission

August 17 - August 20
Highest Flight Level Wind: 40 knots
2 Missions

August 28
1 Mission

October 28
1 Mission

Suspect Areas

First (AA)
June 19 - June 20
Highest Flight Level Wind: 39 knots
1 Mission

Second (BB)
July 17 - July 18
Highest Flight Level Wind: 45 knots
1 Mission

Third (DD)
October 4
Highest Flight Level Wind: 37 knots
1 Mission

Fourth (EE)
October 27
1 Mission

Non-Tasked Missions

Any mission that has not been tasked by the National Hurricane Center will appear in the archive at the link above. Research missions, including ones that are tropical, and winter missions will appear in this section of the archive.

Airborne Expendable Bathythermograph (AXBT) Data

Dropped from aircraft, once an AXBT is in the water this expendable instrument drops a sensor deep into the water column measuring water temperature at various depths.

Reconnaissance Archive Description
Recon data on our site is raw. The raw observations will contain errors at times. The dates above represent the period over which reconnaissance took place, not the duration of the storm. The first date is the date of the first mission and the last date is the date of the last mission. All other observations noted on this archive page come solely from vortex messages, if available. Since this data is more likely to have been reviewed, we use it rather than using any other products on this summary page. It will still sometimes be erroneous. Additionally, our site will not always decode the most significant observations. If that occurs, they will not be reflected here. The highest flight level wind will usually be from the highest flight level wind remark in the remarks section, though it may come from item F, which is where the maximum inbound flight level wind is reported.

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