Patch for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the US Air Force.
U.S. Air Force
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
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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