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Annie Kelley 2016-10-07
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The Hurricane Hunters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are perhaps the ballsiest pilots on this terrifying and vengeful planet.

For the last few days they ve been flying recon missions into Matthew—the category 3 hurricane that s going to kill all of our children—to collect data, and post some incredible videos to Twitter.

Unsurprisingly, the pilots described the flight as turbulent.

Pilot Jim Van Fleet also posted some excerpts from his flight into the eye of Matthew yesterday.

Although the planes NOAA uses are specially designed for this type of work, the amount of force on those propellers is still deeply concerning.

If you re among the people refusing to evacuation, and this impassioned plea from The Weather Channel didn t convince you, maybe these videos from inside the hurricane will.

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Gerardo Diaz 2020-08-26
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As Hurricane Laura churns towards the Gulf Coast, the Hurricane Hunters are flying their planes through the storm to gather data. Here's how.
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Michael Webster 2017-09-06
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As Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean Wednesday as the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, the researchers tasked with collecting data from the storm shared a calmer view from the center of the storm.

In a series of posts on Twitter, the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters showed photos of the moon inside Hurricane Irma's eye.

"The moon shined in the center of HurricaneIrma last night as our ReserveCitizenAirmen collected data that helps develop NHC predictions," one post said.

Irma, a Category 5 storm, still has 185 mph winds and is headed west at 16 mph.

It is expected to affect Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and may impact Florida this weekend.

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Joseph Wiles 2018-05-21
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First time scientists have detected positrons whizzing in storms

A team of scientists have reported observing beams of antimatter firing from a ferocious hurricane on Earth for the first time.

Hurricane Patricia, the second most powerful tropical cyclone recorded so far, ripped through the west coast of Mexico in October 2015 drumming up winds of up to 215 miles per hour.

It was the perfect opportunity to fly one of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hurricane Hunters aircrafts out into the eyewall of the storm.

It was there that the team finally discovered something long predicted by scientists.

The Airborne Detector for Energetic Lightning Emissions (ADELE) aboard the WP-3D Orion, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, detects gamma rays.

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Matt Ouellette 2019-09-01
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They also get a false sense of security when the calm eye of a hurricane passes through.

The National Hurricane Center responded on Twitter to videos from the Abacos island group in the Bahamas that showed up on social media on Sunday.

The videos came from residents who ventured out into the eye of Hurricane Dorian, a raging Category 5 storm that is kicking out maximum sustained winds of 180 mph.

One of the videos from Sunday showed wreckage spilled across the ground.

"Everyone should take shelter immediately as winds will increase rapidly and unpredictably after the eye passes," the National Hurricane Center warned.

The only people who really have business venturing into the eye of a hurricane are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Hunters.

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Thomas Jones 2018-09-11
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Lockheed WP-3D Orion airplane is crewed by some brave souls.

The plane, known as a "hurricane hunter," flew right into Hurricane Florence Monday as 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coast of South Carolina ahead of the storm's arrival.

On Tuesday, NOAA posted a time-lapse video of the plane's journey as filmed by NOAA aerospace engineer Nick Underwood, who described it as "probably the coolest thing I've filmed."

The video shows a thick blanket of gray clouds with the airplane's wing giving some perspective on the view.

The plane breaks through into the bright eye of the storm before plunging back into the hurricane's cloud bank.

The four-engine turboprop flies into hurricanes to collect data on the churning storms.

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Jackie Brown 2016-06-01
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The Mighty Hercules, capable of flying about 18 hours without refueling, has been the mainstay of the US Air Force s Hurricane Hunters program since 1999.

Galveston's most memorable hurricane is the Great Storm of 1900, which caused an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 fatalities and is still the deadliest natural disaster in US history.

Such a rotation, in addition to maximum sustained winds of 39mph 35 knots , is required for the National Hurricane Center to name a storm.

After flying through all four quadrants of the storm to ensure that there is indeed a closed circulation, the mission will then attempt to get a fix on the center of circulation.

For our tour, however, the cargo compartment was largely empty except for Captain Luke Caulder, who stood by to answer any questions.

The Gulfstream IV, managed by NOAA, visited Galveston's Scholes Field along with the Mighty Hercules.

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Michael Morehead 2020-09-15
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As a slow-moving Hurricane Sally inches closer to the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday, those who fly into the storm for important reconnaissance missions have revealed a glimpse of the storm's center. 
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Michael Wilson 2018-09-13
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NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at the large and powerful Hurricane Florence early on Sept. 13 that indicated wind shear was temporarily affecting the southern side of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center or NHC noted that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km).

Infrared and Microwave Satellite Images Reveal

Early on Sept. 13, NASA's Aqua satellite's infrared data showed the clouds in the southern quadrant of Hurricane Florence appeared warmer than storms throughout the rest of Florence.

That means that the cloud tops are lower in the atmosphere, and the storms are not as powerful.

That's because vertical wind shear, the change of speed and direction of winds with altitude was buffeting the southern side of Florence and preventing the development of higher, stronger thunderstorms in that part of the storm.

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Bill Brown 2018-10-10
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Hamilton fans know the lyric: "In the eye of a hurricane, there is quiet/for just a moment."

US Air Force Reserve Pilot Will Simmons experienced that quiet Wednesday morning, and it's just as eerie as in Alexander Hamilton's day.

Simmons was flying a USAF Hurricane Hunter mission out of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and after multiple passes through the eye, finally had enough daylight to see the massive storm.

"Life-threatening effects are imminent along parts of the Florida panhandle," he wrote in a tweet sharing a video of that brief moment in the eye.

Monstrous clouds surround the plane like walls as the crew flies through and records the video.

"I love the job, but at the same time, hate that I had to go out to fly this today," Simmons wrote.

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George Starling 2020-10-09
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's satellite rainfall product that incorporates data from satellites and observations found that Hurricane Delta was bringing along heavy rainfall as it headed to the US Gulf Coast on Oct. 9.
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David Bierman 2018-06-11
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NEW YORK...June 11, 2018 - United States Air Force aircraft may become safer and less costly to maintain through a groundbreaking research collaboration between Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to improve engine monitoring.

The three-year agreement will leverage advanced diagnostic and prognostic algorithms to monitor engine health and predict materials deterioration.

Prof. Jacob Bortman, currently the head of BGU's Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, worked on the algorithms in the Israel Air Force as head of materiel command and will continue development in his lab.

"We are proud to collaborate with the AFRL, a world-leading lab to bring the aeronautical industry closer to achieving 'condition-based maintenance'."

Prof. Bortman is also head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Flight Course Academic Program at BGU, and is leading the University's coordination with the IDF as it moves its technology and training units to Beer-Sheva next to the Advanced Technologies Park that is adjacent to the University's Marcus Family Campus.

The AFRL agreement was signed under the auspices of the Defense Ministry's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.

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Milagros Lester 2020-07-24
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite obtained visible imagery as Tropical Storm Hanna formed in the Gulf of Mexico and continued to organize. A new animation from NASA shows how Hanna developed and intensified as it heads toward landfall in Texas this weekend.
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Angela Skipper 2020-10-07
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The SR-71 set a stunning number of aviation records, including sustained altitude at 85,069 feet and an absolute speed record at Mach 3.3.
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William Cutright 2020-08-26
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A beautiful sunrise can be seen for a moment as a hurricane hunter aircraft passes through Laura while the storm gathered strength Tuesday over the Gulf of Mexico.
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David Brown 2020-09-18
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided an infrared image of Tropical Depression 22 in the Gulf of Mexico during the early morning hours of Sept. 18. TD22 is expected to become a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
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Annie Kelley 2016-10-07
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The Hurricane Hunters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are perhaps the ballsiest pilots on this terrifying and vengeful planet.

For the last few days they ve been flying recon missions into Matthew—the category 3 hurricane that s going to kill all of our children—to collect data, and post some incredible videos to Twitter.

Unsurprisingly, the pilots described the flight as turbulent.

Pilot Jim Van Fleet also posted some excerpts from his flight into the eye of Matthew yesterday.

Although the planes NOAA uses are specially designed for this type of work, the amount of force on those propellers is still deeply concerning.

If you re among the people refusing to evacuation, and this impassioned plea from The Weather Channel didn t convince you, maybe these videos from inside the hurricane will.

Michael Webster 2017-09-06
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As Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean Wednesday as the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, the researchers tasked with collecting data from the storm shared a calmer view from the center of the storm.

In a series of posts on Twitter, the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters showed photos of the moon inside Hurricane Irma's eye.

"The moon shined in the center of HurricaneIrma last night as our ReserveCitizenAirmen collected data that helps develop NHC predictions," one post said.

Irma, a Category 5 storm, still has 185 mph winds and is headed west at 16 mph.

It is expected to affect Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and may impact Florida this weekend.

Matt Ouellette 2019-09-01
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They also get a false sense of security when the calm eye of a hurricane passes through.

The National Hurricane Center responded on Twitter to videos from the Abacos island group in the Bahamas that showed up on social media on Sunday.

The videos came from residents who ventured out into the eye of Hurricane Dorian, a raging Category 5 storm that is kicking out maximum sustained winds of 180 mph.

One of the videos from Sunday showed wreckage spilled across the ground.

"Everyone should take shelter immediately as winds will increase rapidly and unpredictably after the eye passes," the National Hurricane Center warned.

The only people who really have business venturing into the eye of a hurricane are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Hunters.

Jackie Brown 2016-06-01
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The Mighty Hercules, capable of flying about 18 hours without refueling, has been the mainstay of the US Air Force s Hurricane Hunters program since 1999.

Galveston's most memorable hurricane is the Great Storm of 1900, which caused an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 fatalities and is still the deadliest natural disaster in US history.

Such a rotation, in addition to maximum sustained winds of 39mph 35 knots , is required for the National Hurricane Center to name a storm.

After flying through all four quadrants of the storm to ensure that there is indeed a closed circulation, the mission will then attempt to get a fix on the center of circulation.

For our tour, however, the cargo compartment was largely empty except for Captain Luke Caulder, who stood by to answer any questions.

The Gulfstream IV, managed by NOAA, visited Galveston's Scholes Field along with the Mighty Hercules.

Michael Wilson 2018-09-13
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NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at the large and powerful Hurricane Florence early on Sept. 13 that indicated wind shear was temporarily affecting the southern side of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center or NHC noted that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km).

Infrared and Microwave Satellite Images Reveal

Early on Sept. 13, NASA's Aqua satellite's infrared data showed the clouds in the southern quadrant of Hurricane Florence appeared warmer than storms throughout the rest of Florence.

That means that the cloud tops are lower in the atmosphere, and the storms are not as powerful.

That's because vertical wind shear, the change of speed and direction of winds with altitude was buffeting the southern side of Florence and preventing the development of higher, stronger thunderstorms in that part of the storm.

George Starling 2020-10-09
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's satellite rainfall product that incorporates data from satellites and observations found that Hurricane Delta was bringing along heavy rainfall as it headed to the US Gulf Coast on Oct. 9.
Milagros Lester 2020-07-24
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite obtained visible imagery as Tropical Storm Hanna formed in the Gulf of Mexico and continued to organize. A new animation from NASA shows how Hanna developed and intensified as it heads toward landfall in Texas this weekend.
William Cutright 2020-08-26
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A beautiful sunrise can be seen for a moment as a hurricane hunter aircraft passes through Laura while the storm gathered strength Tuesday over the Gulf of Mexico.
Gerardo Diaz 2020-08-26
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As Hurricane Laura churns towards the Gulf Coast, the Hurricane Hunters are flying their planes through the storm to gather data. Here's how.
Joseph Wiles 2018-05-21
img

First time scientists have detected positrons whizzing in storms

A team of scientists have reported observing beams of antimatter firing from a ferocious hurricane on Earth for the first time.

Hurricane Patricia, the second most powerful tropical cyclone recorded so far, ripped through the west coast of Mexico in October 2015 drumming up winds of up to 215 miles per hour.

It was the perfect opportunity to fly one of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hurricane Hunters aircrafts out into the eyewall of the storm.

It was there that the team finally discovered something long predicted by scientists.

The Airborne Detector for Energetic Lightning Emissions (ADELE) aboard the WP-3D Orion, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, detects gamma rays.

Thomas Jones 2018-09-11
img

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Lockheed WP-3D Orion airplane is crewed by some brave souls.

The plane, known as a "hurricane hunter," flew right into Hurricane Florence Monday as 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coast of South Carolina ahead of the storm's arrival.

On Tuesday, NOAA posted a time-lapse video of the plane's journey as filmed by NOAA aerospace engineer Nick Underwood, who described it as "probably the coolest thing I've filmed."

The video shows a thick blanket of gray clouds with the airplane's wing giving some perspective on the view.

The plane breaks through into the bright eye of the storm before plunging back into the hurricane's cloud bank.

The four-engine turboprop flies into hurricanes to collect data on the churning storms.

Michael Morehead 2020-09-15
img
As a slow-moving Hurricane Sally inches closer to the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday, those who fly into the storm for important reconnaissance missions have revealed a glimpse of the storm's center. 
Bill Brown 2018-10-10
img

Hamilton fans know the lyric: "In the eye of a hurricane, there is quiet/for just a moment."

US Air Force Reserve Pilot Will Simmons experienced that quiet Wednesday morning, and it's just as eerie as in Alexander Hamilton's day.

Simmons was flying a USAF Hurricane Hunter mission out of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and after multiple passes through the eye, finally had enough daylight to see the massive storm.

"Life-threatening effects are imminent along parts of the Florida panhandle," he wrote in a tweet sharing a video of that brief moment in the eye.

Monstrous clouds surround the plane like walls as the crew flies through and records the video.

"I love the job, but at the same time, hate that I had to go out to fly this today," Simmons wrote.

David Bierman 2018-06-11
img

NEW YORK...June 11, 2018 - United States Air Force aircraft may become safer and less costly to maintain through a groundbreaking research collaboration between Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to improve engine monitoring.

The three-year agreement will leverage advanced diagnostic and prognostic algorithms to monitor engine health and predict materials deterioration.

Prof. Jacob Bortman, currently the head of BGU's Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, worked on the algorithms in the Israel Air Force as head of materiel command and will continue development in his lab.

"We are proud to collaborate with the AFRL, a world-leading lab to bring the aeronautical industry closer to achieving 'condition-based maintenance'."

Prof. Bortman is also head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Flight Course Academic Program at BGU, and is leading the University's coordination with the IDF as it moves its technology and training units to Beer-Sheva next to the Advanced Technologies Park that is adjacent to the University's Marcus Family Campus.

The AFRL agreement was signed under the auspices of the Defense Ministry's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.

Angela Skipper 2020-10-07
img
The SR-71 set a stunning number of aviation records, including sustained altitude at 85,069 feet and an absolute speed record at Mach 3.3.
David Brown 2020-09-18
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided an infrared image of Tropical Depression 22 in the Gulf of Mexico during the early morning hours of Sept. 18. TD22 is expected to become a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).