hurricane http://www.kunc.org en Spy Drones Turning Up New Data About Hurricanes And Weather http://www.kunc.org/post/spy-drones-turning-new-data-about-hurricanes-and-weather For several weeks now, two unmanned spy planes have been flying over the Atlantic on an unusual mission: gathering intelligence about tropical storms and hurricanes.<p>The two Global Hawk drones are a <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/missions/hs3/index.html#.UjM9eNKsiyt%20">central part</a> of NASA's five-year HS3 (Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel) Mission investigating why certain weather patterns become hurricanes, and why some hurricanes grow into monster storms.<p>The massive drones, which have the wingspan of a 737, are ideal for studying hurricanes because they ar Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:51:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 49583 at http://www.kunc.org Spy Drones Turning Up New Data About Hurricanes And Weather Hurricane Season A Bust? Don't Be So Sure http://www.kunc.org/post/hurricane-season-bust-dont-be-so-sure Back in May, several independent forecast groups predicted an <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/05/23/its-unanimous-noaa-calls-for-very-active-hurricane-season-joining-other-forecasters/">especially active Atlantic hurricane season this year</a>. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:38:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48729 at http://www.kunc.org Hurricane Season A Bust? Don't Be So Sure NOAA: Hurricane Season On Track To Be 'Above Normal' http://www.kunc.org/post/noaa-hurricane-season-track-be-above-normal The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/23/186310919/noaa-predicts-above-average-hurricane-season">stuck by its earlier prediction</a> today that the summer will bring with it an "above normal" Atlantic hurricane season.<p><a href="http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2013/20130808_atlantichurricaneupdate.html">NOAA reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"'Our confidence for an above-normal season is still high because the predicted atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are favorable for storm development have materialized,' said Gerry B Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:42:00 +0000 48117 at http://www.kunc.org NOAA: Hurricane Season On Track To Be 'Above Normal' Sequestration Could Curtail 'Hurricane Hunter' Missions http://www.kunc.org/post/sequestration-could-curtail-hurricane-hunter-missions Federal furloughs caused by sequestration could ground "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft, depriving forecasters of real-time measurements of storms during what's expected to be an especially active Atlantic hurricane season.<p>While NOAA operates some of the Hurricane Hunters, most of the modified <a href="http://www.403wg.afrc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=7482">C-130s transports</a> that fly into storms to gather vital information on their position, strength and direction are flown by the Air Force Reserve's <a href="http://www.403wg.afrc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=748 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47258 at http://www.kunc.org Sequestration Could Curtail 'Hurricane Hunter' Missions As Tropical Storm Andrea Heads North, East Coast Is Drenched http://www.kunc.org/post/tropical-storm-andrea-heads-north-east-coast-drenched The Eastern Seaboard is getting drenched this morning, as Tropical Storm Andrea moves north along the coast.<p>Check out this <a href="http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/zoom/Rainfall_Day_1.gif">rainfall map</a> put out by the Weather Prediction Center:<p>It shows that in the next 24 hours, a wide swath of the Mid-Atlantic will get hammered with about 3 inches of rain and New York may see close to 4 inches.<p>While the storm has lost some steam — maximum sustained winds are 45 mph — the <a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT1+shtml/071452.shtml">National Hurricane Center has stil Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:03:00 +0000 45469 at http://www.kunc.org As Tropical Storm Andrea Heads North, East Coast Is Drenched