Hurricane Hunters Wrap Up Season
Hurricane Hunters with the 53rd WRS wrapped up the hurricane half of the year with an article reflecting on the 2019 Season. They flew in Andrea, Barry, Dorian, Fernand, Humberto, Jerry, Karen, Lorena, Nestor and Olga. Flying more than 684 hours, totaling 80 missions into tropical storms over the Atlantic and East Pacific. The aspects that made 2019 challenging was the number of storms that threatened Bermuda and how that is a more difficult area to fly out to. The other big challenge was Dorian. They flew in that storm for 10 days from three different bases, depending on which was closest, Curaçao, Homestead (Air Reserve Base, Florida), and Keesler (AFB). Quoting Gautrau, “September was nonstop for the unit operations continuously going on, Hurricane Dorian was very slow moving system that was daunting on our operations and maintenance who were constantly generating aircraft to support.” With Hurricane season done they are off to fly Winter Storms.
Inside the eye of Hurricane Dorian during a Hurricane Hunters mission Sep. 2, 2019. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, an Air Force Reserve unit located at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi., gathered weather information from inside Dorian. The data they gather is used by the National Hurricane Center for their forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo by U.S. Navy Midshipman First Class Julia Von Fecht)
And Winter is Here
Bringing in Meteorological Winter is this low that has moved into the Atlantic. Behind it is a sweep of cold air descending even through Florida. Lows in the mid to upper 30s expected in some areas in North and Central Florida.
This winter storm dumped plenty on the Northeast and Canada with a few areas receiving 20-22inches. Snow depth Map from NOHRSC is here.