HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT TO EMBARK ON EAST COAST TOUR
Forecasters Go Airborne To Promote Hurricane Awareness
23, 2007 — NOAA hurricane experts
will travel aboard a NOAA
WP-3 Orion turboprop Hurricane Hunter in a five-day, five-city tour
of the East Coast beginning April 30 to raise public awareness of hurricanes
that can threaten the Atlantic Seaboard. (Click NOAA image collage
for larger view of students visiting a NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft
during the 2006 hurricane awareness tour. Click
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Bill Proenza, the new director
of the NOAA National Hurricane Center,
Richard Knabb, PhD., senior hurricane specialist, and Michelle Mainelli,
hurricane specialist, will join the crew and scientists when the aircraft
visits North Kingstown, R.I.; Cape May, N.J.; Martin State Airport near
Baltimore, Md.; Elizabeth City, N.C.; and Daytona Beach, Fla. The public
and media are invited to tour the aircraft and speak with the delegation.
“Educating the public is our continuing mission,” said Proenza.
“Even though last season had a below average number of tropical
cyclones with no landfalling hurricanes, we remain in an active hurricane
cycle likely to last another 10 to 20 years. Preparation through education
is less costly than learning through tragedy."
spend considerable time talking with children on the aircraft. If any
of them take that message home to their parents, many more lives can
be saved. This is a great way to teach hurricane awareness,” said
James McFadden, PhD., chief of programs at the NOAA
Aircraft Operations Center.
The team of NOAA hurricane experts will be joined by emergency management
officials, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross and
various local NOAA National Weather Service forecast offices.
The Hurricane Awareness Tour has been conducted for more than 25 years,
alternating between the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, and is followed by
NOAA’s hurricane hazard education campaign during national Hurricane
Preparedness Week from May 20 to 26. The Atlantic hurricane season
begins June 1.
NOAA WP-3 Orion turboprop Hurricane Hunter aircraft will be available
to the public for tours during the following hours.
(All times EDT.)
Aircraft on Display
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
State Airport — North Kingstown, R.I.
2 :30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
May County Airport, N.J.
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
State Airport near Baltimore, Md.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Coast Guard Support Center in Elizabeth City, N.C.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Beach International Airport, Fla.
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Relevant Web Sites
NOAA National Hurricane Center
NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
Hurricane Preparedness Week
Dennis Feltgen, NOAA
National Weather Service, (202) 253-6342