FLIGHT+: The Extended Flight Level Dataset for Tropical Cyclones (Version 1.1)

The second phase of this RPI-funded project has built a new dataset of standardized flight level data. This dataset covers all Atlantic, Eastern Pacific, and Central Pacific tropical cyclones with flight level data during the period from 1997 to 2015. The dataset also includes flights in certain Western Pacific TCs in 2008 and 2010. The flight level data is provided in both earth-relative and storm-relative coordinates at the highest temporal resolution available (e.g. 30-second, 10 second, or 1-second). Additionally, flight level data has been parsed by radial leg and interpolated to a standarized radial grid. Significant effort has been undertaken to quality control the data. The dataset was released to RPI member companies in August 2014. The dataset was released to the public on 20 April 2016.

Vigh, J. L., N. M. Dorst, C. L. Williams, E. W. Uhlhorn, B. W. Klotz, J. Martinez, H. E. Willoughby, F. D. Marks, Jr., D. R. Chavas, 2016: FLIGHT+: The Extended Flight Level Dataset for Tropical Cyclones (Version 1.1). Tropical Cyclone Data Project, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Research Applications Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado