Episode 85: NOAA 42 Hurricane Hunters

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In September 1989, a group of scientists and pilots known as the Hurricane Hunters took off in NOAA 42, a government research plane, to gather important information on the rapidly growing hurricane Hugo. In this episode, Shelly shares the harrowing story of the flight that would change everything about how the Hurricane Hunters entered and endured the eye of a category 5 hurricane.

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Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Podcast Engineers
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn
Hurricane Hugo

Hurricane Hugo as of September 1989. Hugo a few hours prior to reaching peak intensity east of the Lesser Antilles on September 15

NOAA 42 Hurricane Hunters

Inside the cockpit of the Hurricane Hunters’ NOAA P3 Orion plane. Source: Flickr/obz3rv3r

NOAA 42 Hurricane Hunters

NOAA’s P3 Orion. Source: Wikipedia