Hurricane Hunters

Hurricane Hunters

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Credit: CHRIS SATTLBERGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hurricane Hunters. Crew of the US Air Force Hurricane Hunters team in front of their Hercules plane. This team has just landed following a 12- hour flight that took them through Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. The plane is equipped with instruments to measure meteorological parameters, such as wind speed, humidity and atmospheric pressure. These data are then modelled on computer to help predict the storm's future direction. These models have an accuracy of 70%, which allows authorities to implement damage limitation procedures such as evacuations. Hurricane Floyd caused 57 deaths and 1.3 billion US dollars of damage.

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