NOAA Hurricane Research Aircraft in Bermuda

September 15, 2014

Several National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] aircraft and personnel are in Bermuda this week to conduct hurricane research and reconnaissance.

The planes will be used for investigation, surveillance, and radar reconnaissance missions to improve tropical cyclone forecasting. Research missions support the calibration/validation of satellite measurements and instrumentation development for the tropical cyclone environment and sampling of other aspects of the tropical cyclone inner core.

Lieutenant Commander Justin Kibbey of the Programs and Planning Office for the Aircraft Operations Center of NOAA explained that NOAA wants to track storms further north, and that’s where Bermuda comes in.

U.S. Consul General Bob Settje added, “I would like to thank the government of Bermuda, particularly the Bermuda Weather Service and the Department of Airport Operations, for cooperating with NOAA in this effort, which will benefit both Bermuda and the United States.”

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