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Flying Into The Storm - The Hurricane Hunters of Tampa FL


How would you like to be Flying Into The Storm - The Hurricane Hunters of Tampa FL have been doing it since 1944. P3 OrionThe 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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Comment balloon 19 commentsToni Weidman • August 25 2012 04:56AM


Scary, very scary. Don't think I will be changing my profession toward a storm flyer anytime soon. Very interesting though, thanks for sharing it.
Posted by Cindi Susi (Keller Williams Realty at the Beach) over 8 years ago

Toni: Why anyone would want to leave the comfort of Terra Firma and fly THROUGH a storm is beyond me but I know they do important work so kudos to them!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 8 years ago

Toni, It's amazing what these people do. They are an important part of predicting and forecasting where there crazy things are going. My hats off to them! I hope you in Tarpon next week 

Posted by Frank Laisch, "The Insurance Guy" over 8 years ago

How amazing Toni but I'm sure they enjoy their jobs even if there are many challenges. Hope you stay dry with Issac on the way...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 8 years ago

Cindi - me either. But they are important to us here.

Anita - this is not something I'm thinking of doing when I grow up.

Frank - it is amazing what they do and we should be thanking them.

Larry and Sheila - I think you have to love it to do it for many years like the pilot!

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

I guess someone has got to do it, but you won't find me flying into the storm.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

Morning Toni, I agree with Roger above....scary!  God bless them, but no thank you!!  be safe!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 8 years ago

I definitely think those pilots are brave, and I'm sure the information they provide help us to prepare.  I'm prepared, but praying too.

Posted by Jeanne M. Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - CIPS,GRI,S (Jeanne Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners) over 8 years ago

Roger - I'm with you.

Kristin - we are trying and buying water etc. just in case.

Jeanne - they sure are and I'm thankful. Stay safe.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Tony - These guys are amazing. I get white-knuckled every time the plane I'm on hits a small bump - I can't imagine flying in one of these.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 8 years ago

Toni, some people just like to live on the Edge!     I hope the hurricane misses your area this weekend!   Stay safe my friend!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 8 years ago

Toni,  Sounds a little on the crazy side for me.  I love that they named the crafts Kermit and Miss Piggy.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 8 years ago

Definitely a career path I would want to follow. I will remain a home inspector, of course you never know what you are going to meet up with in an attic or a crawl space.

Stay safe with the hurricane headed your way.


Posted by Carl Winters over 8 years ago


Wow, I had no idea that we have people who do that or that this was a job.  Thanks for sharing this wonderful tidbit of information, which is so useful in your neck of the woods.  I hope Isaac is taking a detour to the ocean.  Have a wonderful day. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 8 years ago

Reminds me of those crazy people that chase tornados!  I guess there is a person for every single type of job!

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) over 8 years ago

Dick - me either; scary.

Joan - I intend to believe me!

Belinda - and Gonzo; I love it.

Carl - I'm not sure I would want to meet up with anything there :) Say hello to Ceil for me.

Alexandra - I think he's going to be a lot further into the Gulf than we originally thought. Yay.

Jennifer - you're right; there is a person for every job.


Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Toni, you are ahead of the game, I planned to post about hurricane hunter, however I was too busy working on my several closings and did not get to it. I a not sure about attend the coming Activerain Meet up , I am working on a few closings for next week also it depends on the weather.

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) over 8 years ago

Hello Toni,  My hat is off to these people, to be involve with this sounds scary but I am glad they do it.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 8 years ago

Kwee - we will miss you if you can't come but congrats on all the closings.

Will - we are glad they do it here in Florida too. It does give us the latest and best picture of the coming storm. Right now it looks like our area is going to get rain and wind and not the brunt of the storm.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

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