Below is a photo captured by NASA’s Jane Peterson aboard a hurricane hunting plane. This is what the inside of Hurricane Earl’s eye wall looked like yesterday. These planes are one of the most valuable tool in determining the track and intensity of these monster storms. The planes are capable of flying into the storm, penetrating the eye wall and passing through it again. It helps forecasters get accurate readings on the wind speeds, barometric pressure and direction of the storm. The brave men and women who do this multiple times a day are crucial in keeping people safe from hurricanes and we appreciate all they do.
You can click on the picture below to go to the Flickr site and see more pictures of the hurricane hunters at work.