Hurricane chasers prepare for a tumultuous storm season – CBS Baltimore


ARLINGTON, Va. (WJZ) — Hurricane season is less than a month away.

WJZ’s Linh Bui traveled to Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., to speak to “hurricane chasers” who fly into storms to gather crucial information.

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They use a specially equipped NOAA aircraft. It plays a vital role in forecasting hurricanes.

The pilots told Bui what it’s like to fly in the storm and why their job is so important.

“We want to make sure everyone knows where the storm is going, how strong it will be, and how best to prepare if it impacts their area,” said NOAA pilot Danielle Varwig.

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The last Atlantic hurricane season was the third most active on record, producing 21 named storms, including Hurricane Ida, a storm that spawned an EF 2 tornado in Annapolis, Maryland.

“It can be scary, you can get shaken up a lot and it gets pretty loud,” Air Force pilot Nate Wordal said. “There is hail and rain. But you really have to focus and listen to your team.

Hurricane hunters are scouring the country in person for the first time since the pandemic. Their next stop is New York.

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Hurricane season begins June 1.

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