The USAF C130-J Hurricane Hunter aircraft in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The USAF C130-J Hurricane Hunter in Saint Croix, U.S.Virgin Islands.
The Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency will again host the NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve visit to Ceiba Airport on Saturday March 27, 2010, to urge residents to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.
The public, school groups and media are invited to meet with National Hurricane Center Staff, and personnel from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the 403rd Wing. They also may tour the Air Force Reserve Command’s WC-130J “hurricane hunter” aircraft.
Since 1944, air crews from the Air Force Reserve squadron have been flying their aircraft directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather critical weather data. The data are sent via satellite communications directly to the National Hurricane Center for analysis and use by hurricane forecasters.
The location and times for the public tour is on Saturday, March 27: Ceiba Airport, Puerto Rico; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve will also host a series of public events from March 18 to 27 in six coastal communities in Bermuda, Mexico and the Caribbean to urge residents to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. For more information visit NOAA.