Watch these amazing hurricane scientists-hunters doing something almost crazy: flying through the center of the storm. They take measurements that satellites can’t send to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.
Top image: Flying into Hurricane Harvey aboard a a P-3 Hurricane Hunter nicknamed Kermit . Kevin Doreumus/NOAA
“When I say this was the roughest flight of my career so far, I mean it. I have never seen the bunks come out like that. There was coffee everywhere. I have never felt such lateral motion.”
1. We fly these missions to collect critical data on the storm.
2. Aircraft is a WP-3D made for NOAA in the 1970s.
3. Everyone is strapped in, and we tie down/stow everything best we can.
4. Yes my Adidas sneaker flies up beside me.
5. Sorry I can’t answer every question. https://t.co/4rdj5NTpHm
— Tropical Nick Underwood (@TheAstroNick) September 29, 2022