Hurricane Irma Satellite and Aerial Images from Lockheed WP-3D Orion Turboprops • SAT SEP 09, 2017 12:39 PM CT

NOAA WP-3D Orions Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy

Hurricane Irma Aerial Images from satellite views and NOAA Hurricane Hunter views. Hurricane Hunter NOAA 42 takes off from Lakeland, Florida. NOAA’s P-3s are nicknamed Kermit The Frog (N42RF) and Miss Piggy (N43RF). The G-IV (N49RF) is nicknamed Gonzo. NOAA uses two P-3’s or Lockheed WP-3D Orion turboprops to fly through hurricanes, and a Gulfstream IV-SP, which flies around the upper fringes of storms to get a read on steering currents. The Hurricane Hunters just moved to a new facility at Lakeland Linder Airport in Lakeland, Florida after being at MacDill since 1993.

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NOAA hurricane hunters fly into the eye of Irma to collect data.

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