How would you like to be Flying Into The Storm - The Hurricane Hunters of Tampa FL have been doing it since 1944. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron AKA: the Hurricane Hunters is still flying into tropical storms and hurricanes. What do they do in there when they fly into the storms? They measure wind, direction, velocity and, most important, barometric pressure inside the storm. Dropping barometric pressure cannot be determined by satellite weather detection; and is an important indicator of the gathering strength of the storm.
NOAA at MacDill AFB in Tampa uses two P-3s nicknamed Kermit and Miss Piggy and a G IV nicknamed Gonzo. This unit is based at MacDill AFB in Tampa and flies out daily when a storm is threatening.
A hurricane reconnaissance or research mission can last from 8–10 hours. Once this data is received and QC'd by the crew, it is sent to the NOAA for analysis. Crew on board are pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians, and meteorologists
Take a cyberflight on a hurricane hunter P3 from McDill.
Find out more about this great team that helps us know more about the storms at their website
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