Hurricane hunters soar into storms to collect crucial data

Storm Team 8 Weather

Storm Team 8 took a tour of hurricane hunter planes during Hurricane Preparedness Week

The WC-130 planes’ main mission: Where is the storm strongest and where is it going? The main mission of the P3 is more science-related: What makes these storms tick?

The planes go into storm with the crew looking for the three basic things: Intensity, speed and direction of the storm.

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These storms are incredibly dangerous and deadly, but they can also be unbelievably beautiful to behold.

The information collected gets sent in real-time to the National Hurricane Center.

These hurricane hunter planes will be out all summer long tracking tropical storms all the way up to powerful hurricanes.

Watch the video above to learn more.

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