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What’s It Like Flying Through a Hurricane?

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins tomorrow (June 1, 2016), and some forecasts predict it could be the most active season since 2012. However, the season develops, Jack Parrish and his team – known as the Hurricane Hunters – will be part of studying the disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean. They’re the folks you […]

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins tomorrow (June 1, 2016), and some forecasts predict it could be the most active season since 2012.

However, the season develops, Jack Parrish and his team – known as the Hurricane Hunters – will be part of studying the disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean. They're the folks you hear about when giant storms are approaching, and a plane heads in the heart of the storm to get a closer look. The team conducts 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.

Last year, Paige Phelps spoke with Parrish, who's a NOAA Flight Meteorologist, and he described the science of prediction, the normalcy of early storms like last year's Tropical Storm 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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