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The 25th Operational Weather Squadron /Training team awarded Thor’s Hammer Trophy 25th OWS Science and Training Team awarded Thor’s Hammer Trophy
The 25th Operational Weather Squadron Science and Training Team channeled the spirit of the ancient god as they won the inaugural Thor’s Legions Forecast Challenge and received the Thor’s hammer trophy from Lt. Gen. Mark Nowland, Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Dec. 6, 2017.
0 12/06
2017
Maj. Ashley Lundry, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer and chief scientific officer, shows a weather data-gathering instrument called a dropsonde to Dr. Fred “Marty” Ralph, Researcher and Director for the Center of Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Nov. 29, 2017, at Brown Field Airport, San Diego, California. Hurricane Hunters met with Ralph and other Scripps scientists that day to discuss plans for participating in atmospheric river reconnaissance missions in early 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens) Hurricane Hunters discuss atmospheric river missions with Scripps scientists
Members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” met with scientists from the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography Nov. 29, 2017, to discuss plans for participating in atmospheric river reconnaissance missions in early 2018.
0 12/04
2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force Tech Report: Thor Weather System
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – The latest step in a long-running weather prediction arms race is a supercomputer created by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and used by the 557th Weather Wing to get critical information to warfighters. The Thor Weather System provides accurate weather predictions that save time, resources and
0 10/16
2017
An Airman guides in cargo from the back of a C-130H3 Hercules at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Sept. 12, 2017. 94th Airlift Wing C-130s and aircrews provided airlift support as part of the Air Force Reserve’s relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek) Dobbins ARB flies cargo, personnel to Florida
C-130s and aircrews from the 94th Airlift Wing provided airlift support Sept. 12, 2017, as part of the Air Force Reserve’s relief efforts following Hurricane Irma.
0 9/15
2017
Photo of WC-130J preparing for take off. Airmen document Hurricane Irma with Hurricane Hunters
It’s not often that Air Force reservists arrive at Unit Training Assembly “weekend drill,” and in short order find themselves flying into the eye of a hurricane, but that’s exactly what happened to Staff Sgts. Kyle Brasier and Corban Lundborg with the 4th Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston.
0 9/12
2017
The Thor weather forecasting supercomputer acquired in May 2017 by Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., generates thunderstorm likelihood and potential, and compiles many other weather scenarios that could impact military operations. When purchased, Thor was ranked the 150th most powerful supercomputer on earth, and is now located at Offutt AFB, Neb. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Benjamin Newell) Supercomputing weather with ‘Thor’
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base acquired a supercomputer that is the latest step in a long-running weather prediction arms race.
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2017
The Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” depart Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 31, 2017, to take part in the U.S. Navy's Gulf of Mexico Oceanography Unmanned Systems Operational Demonstration. The squadron collected weather data for the U.S. Navy May 30 to June 2, 2017, as part of the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Hurricane Hunters take part in Navy operational demonstration
While their typical mission is gathering weather data for the National Hurricane Center, the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” spent May 30 to June 1, 2017, providing weather information for the Navy’s first Gulf of Mexico oceanography unmanned systems operational demonstration.
0 6/05
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: May 26
On this look around the Air Force, AF leadership presented its fiscal year 2018 president’s budget, the Pentagon hosted the Defense Department Lab Day and the Air Force Research Laboratory is working towards a mobile weather challenge solution.
0 5/26
2017
A Polish air force pilot performs preflight checks in an F-16 Fighting Falcon before taxiing for a mission at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, April 24, 2017. The Polish Airmen are part of the 60-nation coalition force supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in the fight against ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)(Released) Weather flight critical to coalition mission
Dropping bombs on target in Syria and Iraq during combat missions supporting Operation Inherent Resolve requires a complex array of information, including intelligence gathered well in advance of the combat sortie. Often times, this intelligence is gathered by coalition partners flying out of the 407th Air Expeditionary Group. But there is an unseen force providing those units information critical to their mission.
0 5/01
2017
Lt. Col. Elizabeth Aptekar, 335th Training Squadron commander; Col. Michele Edmondson, 81st Training Wing commander; Col. Scott Solomon, 81st Training Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Sabin, Air Education and Training Command weather functional manager, participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil a Science on a Sphere at the Weather Training Complex March 23, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. This latest training aid displays planetary data onto a suspended carbon-fiber sphere helping instructors enhance student’s understanding of the atmosphere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) Science on a Sphere arrives at KAFB, first in DOD
In a completely black room at the 335th Training Squadron’s Weather Training Complex, a 48-inch carbon fiber globe hangs, suspended from the ceiling with projectors pointing at it from each corner, awaiting its Defense Department debut March 23, 2017.
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2017
Col. David Bacot, Air Combat Command chief of weather operations, speaks during an annual weather conference at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, March 13, 2017. The purpose of the conference was to shape the future of the weather force by discussing topics that affect the worldwide areas in the Air Force. Additionally, it gave leaders an opportunity to brainstorm solutions to rising concerns in the career field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) Weather leaders discuss issues, shape future
Weather leaders from across the command came together during an annual weather conference March 13 to 17.
0 3/21
2017
1st Lt. J. Kelsie Carpenter, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance squadron officer, collects meteorological data during Hurricane Matthew Oct. 7, 2016. This data is sent to the National Hurricane Center to improve forecast track and intensity models. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Hurricane Hunters fly data-gathering missions through Hurricane Matthew
The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron has been conducting around-the-clock operations flying into Hurricane Matthew to collect critical weather data for the National Hurricane Center in Miami to improve the center’s computer models that forecast movement and intensity.
0 10/07
2016
Maj. Tobi Baker, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer, watches the radar and analyzes weather data during a flight into Hurricane Hermine Sept. 1, 2016 (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Heather Heiney) Hurricane Hunters fly into, collect data on Hurricane Hermine
The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew a fix mission Sept. 1 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, into Tropical Storm Hermine, which was upgraded to a hurricane mid-flight.
0 9/02
2016
Default Air Force Logo Tech Report: Hurricane Hunters
The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron use high-tech equipment called a “dropsonde” to aid in the forecasting of hurricanes and other tropical storms.
0 6/02
2016
Senior Master Sgt. Jay Latham, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron dropsonde operator, briefs students during the Gulf Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour May 16-20, 2016. The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrew with their WC-130J Super Hercules, based out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane experts visited five Gulf Coast cities as part of this year’s tour. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Hurricane Hunters, NOAA stress hurricane preparedness
An Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunter” aircrew with their WC-130J Super Hercules joined National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane experts May 16-20 to promote preparedness at five Gulf Coast cities.
0 5/23
2016
Kenneth Goulding, a 92nd Maintenance Squadron transient alert aircraft servicer, taxies in a KC-135 Stratotanker from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., April 26, 2016, at Fairchild AFB, Wash. Because of its ramp space, logistical capabilities and maintenance facilities, Fairchild AFB received six KC-135 Stratotankers that were evacuated from McConnell AFB due to projected severe weather. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Taylor Bourgeous) Fairchild takes in evacuated McConnell KC-135s
Because of its ramp space, logistical capabilities and maintenance facilities, Fairchild Air Force Base received six KC-135 Stratotankers that were evacuated April 26 from McConnell AFB, Kansas, due to projected severe weather.
0 4/28
2016
53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunter” aircrew members answer questions from local media in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, about the mission of the Hurricane Hunters during the Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour April 12, 2016. The purpose of the CHAT is to raise hurricane awareness across Latin America and the Caribbean, and to maintain and expand partnerships among the National Hurricane Center, U.S. Northern Command, the U.S. Air Force and our neighbors in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens) Hurricane Hunters promote preparedness in Caribbean, Latin America
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters" and the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center partnered together to promote hurricane preparedness during the Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour (CHAT) April 9-17.
0 4/19
2016
Staff Sgts. Brad Owens and Stephanie Cole, and Senior Airman Henry Lero, all range weather forecasters with the 45th Weather Squadron, collect data ahead of an upcoming space launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Feb. 24, 2016. The squadron uses more than $80 million worth of equipment to analyze weather patterns in the 500-square-mile area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Kimmons) Go for launch: Airmen forecast weather for space missions
Predicting weather for space missions is tough enough. But when forecasts cover part of Florida’s lightning alley, where a rocket blasting off could spur strikes, the demands of the job can skyrocket.
0 3/22
2016
Staff Sgt. Trevor Reiss, a weather forecaster assigned to the 21st Operational Weather Squadron, gets familiar with the technology and computer models used by Weather Channel meteorologists, Feb. 25, at the Weather Channel studio in Atlanta, Ga. Reiss was one of two Airmen from the 557th Weather Wing who was invited to guest star on their show “Weather Geeks,” which will air this Sunday, March 13 at noon, EDT. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Carrie Volpe/Released) Airmen to appear on ‘Weather Geeks’
For some Airmen, being called a weather geek is a term of endearment. Two Airmen from the 557th Weather Wing recently embraced their inner geek and will share their passion and expertise on an upcoming episode of "Weather Geeks" on the Weather Channel.
0 3/12
2016
Tech. Sgt. Karen Moore and Chief Master Sgt. Rick Cumbo, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron loadmasters, analyze weather data being relayed to the aircraft by a dropsonde, a parachute-borne cylindrical instrument that collects meteorological data as it drops toward the surface of the water. The Hurricane Hunters flew several research missions Feb. 11-24, 2016, to collect meteorological data from atmospheric rivers above the Pacific to assist in improving West Coast weather forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Kimberly Spusta) Hurricane Hunters fly research missions into atmospheric rivers
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, “Hurricane Hunters,” spent Feb. 11-24 flying through "atmospheric rivers" in the Pacific Ocean stretching from Hawaii to U.S. West Coast in efforts to improve storm predictions.
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2016
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