Aircraft tour prior to potential tropical turbulence
NOAA hurricane experts are taking flight ahead of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season which officially begins on June 1.
This week, a hurricane hunter aircraft will visit five cities along the Gulf of Mexico in hopes of building awareness about storm threats. A key emphasis will be the importance of establishing a hurricane plan for residents and their families along the coast. Local and national emergency managers, as well as non-profits like the American Red Cross, will accompany the hurricane hunters on their tour.
The hunters will be at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans on Wednesday Afternoon. WBRZ's Pat Shingleton and Robert Gauthreaux will be there collecting new information and identifying changes to hurricane forecasting for 2014.
The plane on display, NOAA's WP-3D Orion turboprop is part of a highly specialized fleet of research aircraft used to fly through and collect data from hurricanes. Information gathered is transmitted to National Hurricane Center forecasters to predict changes in the storm's path and strength.
While no hurricane made landfall in the United States in 2013, National Hurricane Center director, Dr. Rick Knabb urges those in a hurricane evacuation zone to prepare now, before a threat arises.
On Thursday, NOAA will unveil its first prediction for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season during a news conference in Brooklyn, New York.
In April, Dr. Phillip J. Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray of Colorado State University, announced their 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast-- expecting below average tropical activity which is 12 storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
WBRZ.com will have NOAA's predictions for you as soon as they are released. Also, look for the information to be posted to Facebook and Twitter.
You can get forecasts from Meteorologist Josh Eachus weekdays on 2une-In from 5-7am and News 2 at Noon from 12-1pm. Additionally, you can get the fastest and latest forecasts and weather news by checking in with wbrz.com/weather, liking Josh on Facebook and following him on Twitter.