Photos taken from NOAA’s P-3 aircraft during Hurricane Hunter flights conducted on Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd inside Hurricane Danny. Peaking at Category 3 strength on Friday, August 21, Danny had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph as it churned in the Atlantic. Danny then weakened to a tropical depression due to interaction with high levels of wind shear and a mass of dry air in the Caribbean as it moved across the Lesser Antilles. The Hurricane Hunter missions profiled Danny’s wind structure with Tail Doppler Radar, conducted various projects in support of the Hurricane Research Division’s 2015 Field Program, and surveyed the ocean ahead of the storm in order to improve forecasts.

Photo credit: NOAA

  • View of one of the P-3
  • Cloud cover as seen out of the window of the P-3 aircraft as it flies through Hurricane Danny. Image credit: NOAA
  • Hurricane researcher Lisa Bucci analyzing storm data aboard the P-3 aircraft. Image credit: NOAA
  • A hurricane researcher monitors storm conditions at a work station aboard the P-3 aircraft. Image credit: NOAA
  • A radar image that depicts the P-3
  • A view inside the cabin of the P-3. Image credit: NOAA
  • A hurricane researcher monitors storm conditions at a work station aboard the P-3 aircraft. Image credit: NOAA

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From Left:

  1. A hurricane researcher monitors storm conditions at a work station aboard the P-3 aircraft. Image credit: NOAA.
  2. A view inside the cabin of the P-3. Image credit: NOAA.
  3. A radar image that depicts the P-3’s flight pattern during one of the Hurricane Hunter missions to investigate Hurricane Danny on Friday, August 21, 2015. Image credit: NOAA.
  4. A hurricane researcher monitors storm conditions at a work station aboard the P-3 aircraft. Image credit: NOAA.
  5. Hurricane researcher Lisa Bucci analyzing storm data aboard the P-3 aircraft. Image credit: NOAA.
  6. Cloud cover as seen out of the window of the P-3 aircraft as it flies through Hurricane Danny. Image credit: NOAA.
  7. View of one of the P-3’s turbo propellers as the aircraft approaches Hurricane Danny. Image credit: NOAA.