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Yesterday’s Air Force: Hurricane Hunters

  • Defense Media Activity - Air Force
  • Aug. 1, 2018 | 2:58

What started as a dare more than 70 years ago turned into the way we predict hurricanes today. Find out how the Air Force got started in a critical mission that saves lives by flying through hurricanes.

Air Force Tech Report: Hurricane Hunters - YouTube
The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron use high tech equipment called a 'Dropsonde' to aid forecasting hurricanes and other tropic...

Hurricane warning - AIRMAN Magazine
The view above Hurricane Katrina. (U.S. Air Force photo). As the WC-130J Hercules draws closer to a hurricane deep in the Atlantic Ocean, the ...

NOAA Hurricane Hunters - Official Site
Specially equipped NOAA aircraft play an integral role in hurricane forecasting. Data collected during hurricanes by these high-flying meteorological stations help forecasters make accurate predictions during a hurricane and help hurricane researchers achieve a better understanding of storm processes, improving their forecast models.