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Chasing the Storm

The official "Hurricane Hunters" are part of the Air Force. They fly into hurricanes to get information. Scientists use this information to make forecasts. What information do they get and why is it important?

Hurricane Hunters fly through hurricanes to find the center of the eye. The center of the eye is the center of the storm. They also measure the wind speed and direction. Forecastors use the wind speed and direction to predict where the hurricane will go. The more information they have, the better the prediction will be. Better predictions are good because then less people will have to evacuate when a hurricane gets near land.

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