Pilots fly into hurricanes to extract essential data

Aircrafts measure pressure and storm centre

To learn all you can about a hurricane, it’s best to send a plane straight into it.

“When it flies right into the eye of the storm, it measures the pressure and it knows exactly where the centre of that storm is,” says Steve Miller, manager of Environment Canada’s Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre in Halifax.  That data is crucial for helping Canadians prepare for dangerous weather.

To track storms heading into Canada, the Centre receives data from the hurricane hunter aircrafts through a partnership with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Florida. Pilots are tasked with flying through storms multiple times, during which a meteorologist on board interprets the real-time data.

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