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Hurricane Bertha 2008 - 8

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Friday July 11, 2008

Caption: As we start our second run in to the eye, the pilot makes a left hand turn for our inbound leg toward the center of the hurricane.

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2. LRandyB
1:37 PM GMT on July 17, 2009
Yes, we fly through the storm. We fly C-130's, which aren't capable of flying high enough to get over the top of a hurricane eyewall. NHC needs the data as close to the surface as we can get. We start at 500 to 1500 feet above the water in a tropical depression and increase our altitude as the storm increases intensity. By the time the storm is a Cat 1 or 2 hurricane, we are flying at 10,000 feet. The tops of a hurricane eyewall are typically 50,000 to 60,000 feet.
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1. greatguy
1:13 PM GMT on July 17, 2009
Do you fly above the storm into the eye or through the storm? I'm guessing you don't fly through the strongest parts of the storm?


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I was an aviation weather forecaster for 15 years for the Air Force. I work now as a loadmaster flight instructor for CAE at Keesler AFB, MS. I also fly as a dropsonde systems operator and load master with the Hurricane Hunters at Keesler AFB, MS. I have been an amateur photographer for 25 years. I am also a private pilot.(None of the photos on my blog are official Air Force photos)

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