DISCUSSION: June 1st through November 30th is defined as the Atlantic hurricane season, with the busiest months being between mid-August and mid-September along the East Coast and in the Eastern Caribbean. In 2017, Hurricane Preparedness Week is from May 7th to May 13th , and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be holding hurricane awareness tours in April and May at select locations to teach visitors about weather preparedness and safety. The Caribbean Hurricane Tour will start April 24th and end April 29th. The East Coast Hurricane Tour begins May 7th and ends May 12th. Locations for each tour are as follows:
April 24 – Merida, Mexico
April 25 – San Pedro Sula, Honduras
April 26 – Cayman Islands
April 27 – Turks and Caicos
April 29 – Aquadilla, Puerto Rico
May 7 – Newfoundland, Canada (Gander International Airport)
May 8 – New York, New York (Long Island MacArthur Airport)
May 9 – Washington D.C. (Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport)
May 10 – Raleigh, North Carolina (Raleigh-Durham International Airport)
May 11 – Orlando, Florida (Orlando Executive Airport)
May 12 – Miami, Florida (Opa-Locka Executive Airport)
This year’s tours are brought by NOAA and some of its partnering agencies including FEMA, and the USAF Reserve. At each location, those interested will have the opportunity to meet the pilots who fly the aircraft into the storm to record the valuable data as well as look at one of the Hurricane Hunter airplanes used. More information about Hurricane Preparedness Week can be found here!
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©2017 Meteorologist Nicholas Quaglieri