Tropical Storm Arlene was our kickoff to the 1999 Atlantic hurricane season. It developed from a broad upper low pressure area southeast of Bermuda. The system moved slowly northwest and threatened Bermuda.
Here, the crew enjoys a lovely sunrise as they make a long, five-hour trek towards T.S. Arlene, which was then prowling to the southeast of Bermuda.
Sunrise filters through the rainshafts beneath a line of thunderstorms, as the crew heads towards Arlene. We flew a total of four missions (41.6 hours) on this storm before it weakened over colder water and slid east of the island.
From the NHC: "TROPICAL STORM ARLENE ORIGINATED FROM THE REMNANTS OF A FRONT ON JUNE 11TH, ABOUT 550 STATUTE MILES SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA. WIND SPEEDS REACHED A MAXIMUM OF 60 MPH ON THE 13TH AS THE STORM MOVED SLOWLY WESTWARD. ARLENE PASSED SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 100 MILES EAST OF BERMUDA ON THE 17TH WHILE WEAKENING AND MOVING SLOWLY NORTHWARD. THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT TO BERMUDA. "