April 26, 2011

NOAA Hurricane Team To Begin East Coast Awareness Tour

Public and media invited to tour hurricane hunter aircraft

NOAA hurricane experts will visit five U.S. East Coast cities aboard a NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft to raise awareness about storm threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan. The five-day tour begins May 2.

NOAA has conducted the hurricane awareness tour for almost 30 years, alternating between the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, and is followed by NOAA's hurricane hazard education campaign during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 22 to 28. The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.

Tour Schedule:

  •  Mon., May 2: Mass. Military Reservation, Falmouth, Mass., 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  •  Tue., May 3: Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  •  Wed., May 4: Cherry Point MCAS, N.C., 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  •  Thur., May 5: International Airport, Savannah, Ga., 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  •  Fri., May 6: Executive Airport, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The NOAA WP-3D Orion is part of the agency's fleet of highly specialized research aircraft operated, managed and maintained by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. The aircraft is piloted by officers of the NOAA Corps "” one of the seven uniformed services of the United States "” and based at the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

The National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. It operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Visit us online at weather.gov and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/US.National.Weather.Service.gov.

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Image 1: Visitors line up to board the NOAA P3 Hurricane Hunter plane during a stop in Beaumont, Tex., last year. Credit: NOAA

Image 2: NHC Director Bill Read discusses the importance of being prepared for the approaching hurricane season. Credit: NOAA