Despite catastrophic winds from Hurricane Dorian, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) still flew its aircraft into the eye of the storm to get an exact forecast.
On its mission on Sunday, Sept. 1, NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft Kermit captured rare images from inside the eye of Hurricane Dorian.
A stunning video was shared on NOAA’s Twitter on Sunday night showing the clouds of the eyewall when the aircraft penetrated into the center of the Category-5 hurricane on the morning.
INSIDE THE EYE OF HURRICANE DORIAN – #NOAA42 Kermit flies through Category 5 Hurricane #Dorian on 09/01/19 morning mission (credit: Ian Sears, NOAA). Forecasts and advisories at https://t.co/3phpgKMZaS, preparation tips at https://t.co/ZUC1oGAvw6 #FlyNOAA pic.twitter.com/iclEmItCtb
— NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (@NOAA_HurrHunter) September 2, 2019
The video received a lot of comments which say “Dangerously gorgeous”, “Mother Nature is fascinating”, “Incredible”, and “Great work”.
In a previous tweet, NOAA also shared photos taken inside the dangerous hurricane showing the “stadium effect” of the eyewall, where the clouds are formed to resemble a stadium.
INSIDE THE EYE OF HURRICANE DORIAN – Views of the “stadium effect” eyewall from #NOAA42 “Kermit” inside the eye of Hurricane #Dorian earlier today. Forecasts and advisories at https://t.co/3phpgKMZaS, preparation tips at https://t.co/ZUC1oGAvw6 #FlyNOAA (credit Ian Sears, NOAA) pic.twitter.com/gu8rCmVAbO
— NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (@NOAA_HurrHunter) September 1, 2019
According to CBS19.TV, NOAA uses Kermit, a Lockheed P-3 Orion turboprop aircraft, to fly into Hurricane Dorian to collect data and give forecasters more accurate readings of the storm.
Flying through the storm, the aircraft releases dropwindsondes—cylindrical instrument packages that transmit measurements such as temperature, wind speed, wind direction, pressure and humidity as they parachute through the storm and eventually into the ocean.
In the latest advisories for Hurricane Dorian, the National Hurricane Center said the eye of Dorian is drifting westward and the destructive hurricane is battering Grand Bahama Island.
As of 7:00 a.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 2, Dorian is located 35 miles east-northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island, with maximum wind speeds of 165 mph.