New Footage From Inside A Hurricane Hunter's Plane Shows the Eye of Irma
The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and their hurricane hunters are currently tracking the movement of Irma by flying directly into the eye of the storm.
Footage of their flight into Irma shows clearly the power of the storm just outside their window as it jostles the propeller driven aircraft.
Many are musing as to how an airplane can survive within a massive hurricane like Irma. Reddit user bmbyal, who has an extensive knowledge of aviation explained.
“Simply put, hurricanes have pretty steady and predictable wind directions whereas thunderstorms and tornadoes have convective activity that can be deadly to aircraft."
The updrafts in developing storms and downdrafts in dissipating storms cause an extreme change in altitude and indicated airspeed which can make manual corrections nearly impossible for pilots.
This does not mean that just any old plane can truck through a hurricane. These research pilots might find themselves crabbing 25° into the wind just to maintain their track over the ground.
"The planes also have to be rated to handle this crosswind along with extreme turbulence. This goes back to the flight envelope and maneuvering speed mentioned above."
Hurricane Irma has already thrashed several islands in the Caribbean; the eye moved past Puerto Rico on Wednesday after devastating the tiny island of Barbuda.
Prime Minister of Barbuda, Gaston Browne said in a statement: "Barbuda is literally rubble. The entire housing stock was damaged. It is just a total devastation." So far, one death has been reported, that of a two-year-old child.
The government believes that 90 percent of Barbuda has been destroyed.
Puerto Rican prime minister Ricardo Rossello told CNN, "The winds that we are experiencing right now are like nothing we have experienced before.”
Irma is now headed for Florida parts of which are being evacuated.
Via: Global News