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What’s It Like Flying Through a Hurricane?

As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the east coast of Florida and the United States, you might well find a flight meteorologist like Jack Parrish in the middle of it. Parrish leads a team known as the Hurricane Hunters. They conduct tests for NOAA — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — while in and […]

Houston Matters microphonesAs Hurricane Matthew bears down on the east coast of Florida and the United States, you might well find a flight meteorologist like Jack Parrish in the middle of it.

Parrish leads a team known as the Hurricane Hunters. They conduct tests for NOAA — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — while in and above tropical storms and hurricanes to send data back to meteorologists on the ground, who interpret that data for the public.

Last year, Houston Matters producer Paige Phelps spoke with Parrish about the science of prediction, and what it's like to be inside a plane right in the thick of hurricanes and other tropical storms.

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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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