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Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Dec. 5
On this look around the Air Force, we take a look at the Hurricane Hunters’ mission and this month marks the 66th anniversaryof Operation Christmas Drop. Hosted by Airman 1st Class Cory Kuttler.
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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
Maj. Kendall Dunn and Lt. Col. Ivan Deroche fly a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft into Hurricane Harvey during a mission out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi Aug. 24, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney) Hurricane Hunters close intense 2017 season
As massive spirals of lightning, wind and rain, hurricanes are some of the most dangerous and destructive forces in nature. And the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters fly directly into the center of them.
0 11/30
2017
Maj. Kimberly Spusta, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer, collects weather data for the National Hurricane Center during a flight into Hurricane Harvey Aug. 24, 2017 out of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney) Hurricane Hunters track Harvey
Harvey began as a scattered collection of clouds drifting across the Atlantic Ocean and in just over a week has developed into a category two hurricane.
0 8/25
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
More than thirteen-thousand residents tour a WC-130J Super Hercules Aircraft in Mérida, Mexico during the Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour April 15, 2017. The event was hosted by the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in order to help people prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shelton Sherrill) Hurricane Hunters prepare the Caribbean
More than 20,000 people attended the Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour hosted April 24-29, 2017 by the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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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.
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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.
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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
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
Default Air Force Logo Hurricane Hunters to fly Tropical Storm Erika
The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters are operating out of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, flying their state-of-the-art WC-130J Super Hercules into Tropical Storm Erika in support of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
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2015
Lt. Col. Jim Hitterman, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aircraft commander, and Maj. Devon Meister, co-pilot, fly into Tropical Storm Guillermo off the coast of Hawaii Aug. 3, 2015, to gather meteorological data for the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) 
Hurricane Hunters deploy to Hawaii to fly Guillermo
The Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned to the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, deployed to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and began flying data-gathering missions into Hurricane Guillermo Aug. 2.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo Tech Report: Dropsonde
The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron use a cool piece of tech called a “dropsonde” to help forecast hurricanes and other tropical storms.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo ‘Hurricane Hunters’ fly Ana in early support of 2015 season
Aircrews from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters" flew their WC-130J Hercules off the southeast coast of the U.S. in support of the first storm mission of the 2015 hurricane season, Tropical Storm Ana.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo When severe winter weather threatens U.S. the Hurricane Hunters are there
The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron here, recently deployed a WC-130J Hercules out over the Atlantic Ocean to gather weather data for winter storms "Lola” and “Juno", which are projected to ravage the East Coast throughout the next few days with nearly three feet of snow and 70 mile per hour winds.
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2015
Lt. Col. Jon Talbot points to the eye of Hurricane Julio during a hurricane flight off the coast of Hawaii Aug. 9, 2014.Talbot is a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer. The Hurricane Hunters returned from their second deployment to Hawaii this year. The 53rd WRS deployed to Hawaii Oct. 16-20, 2014, to fly Hurricane Ana. The 53rd WRS and 403rd Wing maintenance personnel deployed to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, twice this year to fly storm missions into Hurricanes Iselle, Julio and Ana. The "Hurricane Hunters" fly storm missions in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during the hurricane season, June 1 to Nov. 30 yearly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jessica Kendziorek) 'Hurricane Hunters' busy with missions on both coasts
It's been a busy two weeks for the Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew their last of 15 missions into Hurricane Ana in the Pacific Monday while gathering weather data for the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. On the other side of the globe, the hunters wrapped up a week-long deployment to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, flying their last Hurricane Gonzalo mission Oct. 16 in the Atlantic.
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2014
Lt. Col. Brian Schroeder, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer, collects data on Hurricane Odile Sept. 14, 2014. The Hurricane Hunters collect weather data for the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, which assists them with their forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick Monteleone) Hurricane Hunters head west into 'Odile'
The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters flew into Hurricane Odile Sunday to collect critical weather data for the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Odile formed in the Pacific Ocean and made landfall this morning in Baja, California. After reaching Category 4 strength on Sunday, Odile weakened to a Category 3.
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2014
2nd Lt. Leesa Froelich, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer, analyzes meteorological and atmospheric conditions during a 96L, now Tropical Storm Cristobal, invest mission over the Caribbean Aug. 22, 2014. The data the Hurricane Hunters collect is sent by satellite link to the National Hurricane Center in Miami to assist with their weather forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Hurricane Hunters fly into 'Cristobal'
Aircrews with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron have been flying data-gathering missions into Tropical Storm Cristobal out of the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, since Aug. 21.
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2014
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