DISCUSSION: In light of National Hurricane Awareness week now coming to an end, it is worth acknowledging how the Hurricane Hunter Reconnaissance Aircraft recently took a tour through several major locations along the East Coast of the United States. The various pilots and scientists who fly aboard various missions play a critical role in helping to improve the quality of hurricane intensity and track forecasting across both the Tropical Atlantic and Tropical Eastern Pacific basins. By greatly increasing the amount of data which gets injected into computer forecast models for tropical cyclone forecasting, such data from these Hurricane Hunter aircraft allow hurricane specialists at offices such as the National Hurricane Center to better understand how a storm may evolve in time with greater accuracy. The image above captures some perspectives of the 2017 Hurricane Awareness Tour at Opa Locka Executive Airport. In the images attached above, you are looking at the NOAA P3 used mainly to fly research missions in and around tropical cyclones. This content is courtesy of the NBC 6 news team.
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