U.S. hurricane forecasters embark on preparedness mission to the Caribbean

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center – With the 2024 hurricane season fast approaching, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve will host a series of events to help Caribbean communities prepare. National Hurricane Center (NHC) personnel, along with others, will visit vulnerable communities to discuss hurricane preparedness, resilience and how people can become weather-ready ahead of hurricane season. Tours of the Air Force Reserve Command’s WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft will showcase how scientists collect data about hurricanes. 

The Atlantic Basin hurricane season begins on June 1. During hurricanes, military aircrews fly state-of-the-art WC-130J aircraft directly into the core of the storm to gather critical data for forecasting a hurricane’s intensity and landfall. The data are sent in real-time via satellite from the aircraft directly to the NHC for analysis and use by hurricane forecasters. 


Michael Brennan, director, NHC 

Daniel Brown, Hurricane Specialist Unit Branch Chief

Gladys Rubio, meteorologist NHC 

Jose Alamo, meteorologist, NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center International Desk

U.S. Air Force reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi 

Danielle Varwing, G-IV pilot, NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center 


Tuesday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas 

Thursday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados 

Friday, April 19, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Hewanorra International Airport, St. Lucia 

Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Rafael Hernández International Airport, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 

(NOAA Website)

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