NOAA sends teams of scientists and meteorologists into the eye of storms to gather crucial data to save lives.
Experience intense, unique, and sometimes dangerous moments with scientists working in the field, as they explain first-hand the kinds of risks they take to find answers. There’s so much more to being a scientist than being stuck in a lab. Watch every Friday for new episodes of Science in the Extremes.
Capturing and Tracking Wild Grizzly Bears in Yellowstone
Meet the Crew: Jessica Williams, NOAA Hurricane Hunter
“As one can imagine, working with hurricanes is anything but predictable. ‘Flight tracks, plans and objectives often change in flight, so we need to be prepared to discuss whether these changes are safe,’ says Williams. The idea of safely surveying hurricanes almost seems like a contradiction, but the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center team has made it standard operating procedure.”
Storm Warning: Warmer Oceans Likely Mean Bigger Hurricanes
“Oceans are absorbing the extra heat from greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, and that’s giving tropical cyclones a boost of energy.”
Here’s How Much Better Hurricane Forecasts Are Today Than Decades Ago
“Faster computers, a better satellite, and improved scientific understanding of storm dynamics have brought about a revolution in hurricane forecasting.”
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Written By: Anna Campbell