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What’s It Like Flying Through a Hurricane?

Jack Parrish, a NOAA Flight Meteorologist, is a part of the Hurricane Hunters – the team you hear about when giant storms are approaching and a plane heads up to take a look. The team conduct tests while in and above tropical storms and hurricanes to send data back to meteorologists on the ground who […]

Jack Parrish, a NOAA Flight Meteorologist, is a part of the Hurricane Hunters – the team you hear about when giant storms are approaching and a plane heads up to take a look.

The team conduct tests while in and above tropical storms and hurricanes to send data back to meteorologists on the ground who interpret the data for the general public.

Paige Phelps spoke with Parrish during that uncertain time when a tropical depression – that later became Tropical Storm Bill – was beginning to turn toward Houston. Parrish described the science of prediction, the normalcy of early storms like Bill and what it's like to be inside that plane in a massive storm.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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