5 Cities In 5 Days: NOAA Hurricane Hunters Show How They Measure Storms

June 1st starts the hurricane season. To kickoff awareness, the NOAA experts are touring in five cities to show how Hurricane Hunters collect data.

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NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters collecting data during a thunderstorm.

Specially-outfitted aircraft used by the National Hurricane Center to track hurricanes were displayed in Galveston on Tuesday. The USAF C130 and NOAA G4 Hurricane Hunter aircraft are part of a fleet used to take measurements when hurricanes threaten.

“It’s primarily used to help them forecast the track of the hurricane, to improve on that track forecast,’ said James McFadden, with NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center. “We do have a Doppler radar on-board the airplane, which we are using to measure wind speeds at altitude, to get maps of the wind-field around the hurricane, which is very useful in trying to improve the intensity forecasts.”

McFadden says the plans also have racks of electronic equipment and computer stations, and flies with a crew of nine.

The planes were on display for media and school groups at Scholes International Airport for Hurricane Preparedness Week.

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