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Hurricane Hunters in Search of a Different Kind of Storms – Severe Weather

18 Apr 2018, 9:17 am


This spring one of NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter P-3 Orion airplanes, known best for flying through tropical cyclones, took to the skies for a different research cause: The tracking of tornadoes in the southeastern United States.

NOAA42 Cockpit Video VORTEX 19Mar2018

Cockpit video from inside WP-3D Orion #NOAA42 from yesterday's flight around severe weather in Alabama. VORTEX-SE is just one of the many scientific research flights that the #NOAA Hurricane Hunters conduct during the off-season. Learn more about the VORTEX-SE project here: credit: LT Kevin Doremus, NOAA

Posted by The NOAA Hurricane Hunters on Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Tornadoes in the Southeast can form quickly and unexpectedly – and with deadly results. Researchers working on the third annual VORTEX-SE experiment gathered data from the plane above the clouds and from radars on the ground to better understand – and ultimately provide better forecasts for – the storms that produce tornadoes in this region. By capturing data from multiple angles, NOAA scientists hope to learn more about how these tornadoes differ from those that spawn in the Great Plains.



Edited for WeatherNation by Meteorologist Mace Michaels