As Florida and the Caribbean brace for the impact of Category 5 Hurricane Irma, NOAA “hurricane hunters” have been flying into this monster storm to collect data. Here’s a clip from their first flight last Sunday:
Here are two dramatic video clips from another flight by NOAA42 (“Kermit”) yesterday:
Their view out the side windows:
What kind of people fly into a hurricane? Read an interview we ran in 2012 with NOAA’s Randy TeBeest.
And how do such monster storms get started in the first place? All explained in this feature from our August 2015 issue.
Finally, this animated view of Irma’s swirling eye, taken by the GOES 16 satellite, shows you what 185 mph winds look like.