Hurricane Hunters; Specially equipped NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) aircraft fly into the eye of the storm and collect data such as storm’s temperature, wind speeds and directions, and barometric pressure, which help forecasters make accurate predictions during a hurricane and help hurricane researchers achieve a better understanding of storm processes.
Hurricane hunters collect data by deploying tools called dropsondes, cylindrically shaped instruments that transmit information as they fall through the hurricane and into the ocean. According to data posted on the NOAA Hurricane Research Division website, around 30 dropsondes have been deployed by each flight to survey Irma.
“Hurricane Hunters” have released an impressive video of their flights through the worst hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. This time they flew through Category 5 hurricanes, a rare classification in itself, is defined by winds up to of 185 miles per hour.
— Hurricane Hunters (@53rdWRS) September 8, 2017