Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hurricane East Coast Awareness Tour 2011

C-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft (Credit: NOAA)

Hurricane Preparedness
East Coast Awareness Tour
Week of May 2nd

Public invited to tour Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft

NOAA hurricane experts will visit five U.S. East Coast cities aboard a NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft to raise awareness about storm threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan. The five-day tour begins May 2.

Tour Schedule:
  • Mon., May 2: Mass. Military Reservation, Falmouth, Mass., 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tue., May 3: Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wed., May 4: Cherry Point MCAS, N.C., 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thur., May 5: International Airport, Savannah, Ga., 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri., May 6: Executive Airport, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NOAA has been conducting hurricane awareness tours like this for 30 years, alternating between Gulf and Atlantic coasts.  Hurricane season begins June 1st and continues through November 30th.  Bill Read, director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, and his team will be on hand to conduct tours of the NOAA WP-3D Orion turboprop aircraft which is used primarily by scientists on research missions to study various elements of a hurricane, flying through the eye of the storm several times each flight.

The aircraft is piloted by officers of the NOAA Corps — one of the seven uniformed services of the United States — and based at the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.  NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit them on Facebook.

Hurricane Preparedness Week during 2011
May 22nd through May 28th

For additional information about hurricanes, including useful links, see the static  "Weather" tab above.  Last season we monitored several tropical storms which fortunately weren't as devastating as in some past years.  None of the storms made landfall in the United States.  Also see last year's Hurricane Preparedness series of articles:  Hurricane Preparedness for Cruisers

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