NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters fly into hurricanes to help study important features and improve forecasts. The photos below highlight two different flights, on October 5 & 6, 2016, that were taken from flights into Hurricane Matthew as it moved through the Atlantic and up the East Coast of the United States. Hurricane Matthew eventually moved off the East Coast and would dissipate out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo credit: NOAA

  • The eye of hurricane Matthew as shown from the P3 flying laboratory aircraft. The wing’s edge is visible to the right and to the left the eyewall’s cloud cover dominates the scene. Photo Credit, NOAA.
  • View out the window of the flying lab, Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: NOAA AOML.
  • Cockpit of the flying lab. Photo Credit: NOAA.
  • Radar station of the flying lab. Photo Credit: NOAA.
  • Pre-briefing of Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: NOAA.
  • Side of the P3 decorations. Photo Credit: NOAA AOML.
  • Dropsonde station aboard the flying lab. Photo Credit: NOAA.
  • View out the window of the flying lab, Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: NOAA AOML.

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  1. The eye of hurricane Matthew as shown from the P3 flying laboratory aircraft. The wing’s edge is visible to the right and to the left the eyewall’s cloud cover dominates the scene. Photo Credit, NOAA.
  2. View out the window of the flying lab, Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: NOAA AOML.
  3. View out the window of the flying lab, Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: NOAA AOML.
  4. Cockpit of the flying lab. Photo Credit: NOAA.
  5. Radar station of the flying lab. Photo Credit: NOAA.
  6. Pre-briefing of Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: NOAA.
  7. Side of the P3 decorations. Photo Credit: NOAA AOML.
  8. Dropsonde station aboard the flying lab. Photo Credit: NOAA.
  9. View out the window of the flying lab, Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: NOAA AOML.
  10. Data Collection station on aircraft during Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: NOAA AOML.
  11. Team briefing with the Hurricane Hunters for Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: NOAA AOML.