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NHC Aircraft Reconnaissance
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Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico Reconnaissance
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How to Read the Reconnaissance Data
The National Hurricane Operations Plan explains aircraft reconnaisance data.
Hurricane Reconnaissance Organizations (The Hurricane Hunters)
- Chapter 5 is devoted entirely to the reconnaissance aircraft data missions.
- Appendix G explains the message formats and data codes.
53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
403rd Wing, Air Force Reserve Command
Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, is the only Department of Defense organization still flying into tropical storms and hurricanes – since
1944. The ten Lockheed-Martin WC-130J aircraft and crews are part of the 403rd Wing, based at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.
NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
NOAA’s fleet of nine manned aircraft is operated, managed and maintained by NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center (AOC), part of NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. Located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida, AOC serves as the main base for OMAO’s aircraft fleet and provides capable, mission-ready aircraft and professional crews to the scientific community. AOC is committed to the safe, efficient and economical use of NOAA aircraft and has more than four decades of experience developing, coordinating and successfully and safely conducting airborne environmental data gathering missions.
Recon Data is raw data and is only one of many indicators used by forecasters to determine the strength of the storm. Wind speeds shown in the RECON reports
may not reflect the highest winds of a storm. Refer to the latest advisories
being issued by the National Hurricane Center.