Hurricane Hunters: Understanding the Mission

If you look at the calendar, we are on the verge of entering the month of August. This means that we have started the gradual ascent towards the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Climatologically speaking, the peak is typically around the early to mid-September. The 2017 season has already tempted us with several storms.

Some things during the tropical weather season do not require much description. If I mention the words “Hurricane Hunters”, most weather lovers (and probably the general public) understand exactly what I am talking about. These brave colleagues fly into developing and mature tropical systems to provide critical meteorological information for diagnosis the storm environment. This information is vital for operational hurricane activities and for improving the various forecast models.

On the “that’s cool” scale, the Hurricane Hunters and their activities probably break the scale. For some readers, they probably break the “OMG, there is no way I would do that” scale too. As the busiest part of the hurricane season approaches, The Weather Channel’s weekly weather “Geek Out” wanted to understand the mission of the Hurricane Hunters.

On Sunday’s new episode of Weather Geeks, we sit down with them to discuss hurricanes, mission challenges, and other aspects of their duties. Some of the Weather Geeks team even took a flight with the Hurricane Hunters and rumor has it that some of that footage makes it into the episode. We will also find out from one of the pilots what it is like to fly one of these special C-130 aircraft, and why they are still required even in an era of new satellite and drone technologies.

Join us for an all-new episode of Weather Geeks this weekend. The show always airs Noon ET (11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT) on The Weather Channel.

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