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Flying Into Dorian — The Job of a NOAA Hurricane Hunter Meteorologist

2 Sep 2019, 1:58 am

The NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters play a crucial role when it comes to determining the strength and movement of a storm. We had a chance a chance to speak with Science Section Chief Paul Flaherty, one of the meteorologists that has been flying into and studying Dorian.

Specially equipped NOAA aircraft play an integral role in hurricane forecasting. Data collected during hurricanes by these high-flying meteorological stations help forecasters make accurate predictions during a hurricane and help hurricane researchers achieve a better understanding of storm processes, improving their forecast models.

The Importance of Hurricane Hunters and How They Make a Difference

If you want to learn more about NOAA Hurricane Hunter Missions, check out one of our previous stories.

For WeatherNation, I’m Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo

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Chelsea is from Indianapolis, Indiana. Although it may be the Hoosier state, she attended Purdue University and is a diehard Boilermaker fan. She has a BS in atmospheric science and a MS in environmental policy and management with a concentration in energy and sustainability from the University of Denver. Chelsea loves the ever-changing patterns of the atmosphere which led her to participate in ex... Load Moretensive severe weather research for the Red Cross during her undergrad years. Before coming to WeatherNation, Chelsea worked in West Virginia at WSAZ and in West Tennessee at WBBJ where she did it all from reporting to sports but her passion is weather.