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Lt. Col. Ed Garcia, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron pilot, talks about the Hurricane Hunter mission during a Facebook Live session with the National Weather Service May 10, 2018. The 53rd WRS, an Air Force Reserve unit in the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, took part in the 2018 NOAA Gulf Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour May 7-11, 2018. This is the fourth year the Hurricane Hunters participated in all five stops of the awareness and preparedness event, which was in conjunction with National Hurricane Preparedness Week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Prepare now for hurricane season
Hurricane season starts June 1 and now is the time to prepare. To promote this message, an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrew with their WC-130J Super Hercules and a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane experts visited five Gulf Coast cities as part of this year’s Hurricane Awareness Tour, May 7-11.   The
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Pilots from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron fly a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft over San Diego, California during a mission to collect data from atmospheric rivers over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy photo) Hurricane Hunters complete atmospheric river reconnaissance
Much like a river on the ground carries water in streams through the earth, an atmospheric river carries water vapor in streams through the sky.
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The U.S. Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron will participate in NOAA's Gulf Coast Awareness Tour May 16-20, touring five U.S. coastal cities to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for the upcoming huricane season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech.Sgt. Ryan Labadens) Hurricane Hunters fly first winter storm of 2018
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” flew their first winter storm mission of the year today in connection with the nor’easter currently off the Atlantic Coast of the United States.
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1st Lt. J. Kelsie Carpenter, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance squadron officer, collects meteorological data during Hurricane Matthew Oct. 7, 2016. This data is sent to the National Hurricane Center to improve forecast track and intensity models. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Hurricane Hunters move to winter storms after above average season
The 2016 hurricane season came to an end Nov. 30 and the above-average seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific kept the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters” busy collecting critical weather data to improve forecasts. The 53rd WRS flew 75 missions into 13 storms, ten in the Atlantic and three in the Pacific. There were 15 named storms in the Atlantic including seven hurricanes. Five of these storms made U.S. landfall. In the Pacific, there were 21 named storms of which 11 were hurricanes.
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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James is introduced to more than 1,000 atendees during the 38th Annual Salute to the Military event at the Gulf Coast Convention Center in Biloxi Miss. Oct. 25. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney) SecAF honors Gulf Coast military members during annual salute
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James was the guest speaker at the 38th annual Gulf Coast Salute to the Military event here Oct. 25. For nearly four decades people from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast have set aside one night to come together, enjoy each other’s company and honor military men and women.
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Lt. Col. Troy “Bear” Anderson, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron pilot and Lt. Col. Valerie Hendry 53rd WRS aerial reconnaissance weather officer, look at an old newspaper clipping before the final flight of their Air Force careers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Heather Heiney) Long-time weather recon crewmembers retire
A WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft landed on the Keesler Air Force Base runway and taxied to its parking spot in front of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron where a crowd watched the engines shut down and the propellers come to a slow halt. Lt. Col. Troy “Bear” Anderson and Lt. Col. Valerie Hendry exited the aircraft and were promptly blasted with a fire hose, a tradition for aircrew members who’ve completed the last, or “fini,” flight of their career.
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2016
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The Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters will fly an investigative mission out of St. Croix today into Invest 99-L in the Western Atlantic Ocean. During the mission the WC-130J crew members will fly the aircraft between 500 and 1500 feet above the surface of the ocean to collect data that will help the National Hurricane Center determine whether Invest 99-L has the potential to develop into a tropical system. If the system does develop, there will be follow on flights every six hours to monitor the progress of the tropical system.
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