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Miss Piggy and Kermit: Two 1970s Planes Flying into the Eye of the World’s Most Destructive Hurricanes | World

Miss Piggy and Kermit: Two 1970s Planes Flying into the Eye of the World’s Most Destructive Hurricanes | World

Miss Piggy and Kermit Fly Planes into the World’s Most Dangerous Hurricanes

Among these hurricanes is Hurricane Beryl, which will reach Jamaica on Wednesday (3). The hurricane is a category five –This means it has the potential to cause “catastrophic” damage. Winds equal to or greater than 252 km/h on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Understand the scale here.

The two aircraft are four-engine Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft, which have been in service with the U.S. government since 1976. In Brazil, the Electra, a commercial version of this aircraft, became known for flying the air bridge between São Paulo and Rio until 1992. It flies at an altitude of up to 8,200 meters, at a speed of up to 463 kilometers per hour, and can fly for 11 and a half hours without needing to refuel.

They are both part of the Hurricane Hunters, a group of scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA often uses them to collect data on tropical storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes and provide it to weather forecasting agencies.. For this reason, the agency itself has nicknamed him the “Hurricane Hunter.”

The measurements, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), help understand the structure of the storm and the winds that drive it. Aircraft carry sensors and radars that measure pressure, temperature, humidity and winds. The data is used in computer models that help meteorologists predict a hurricane’s intensity and where and when it will make landfall.

Crew aboard the Hurricane Hunters’ Kermit aircraft in a 2022 photo – Image: Reproduction

“It’s like riding a roller coaster through a car wash because you can’t see anything through the windows in the eye wall. [do furacão]It’s like a car wash. “In fact, even in the middle of the day it’s dark inside the plane,” said Richard Henning, NOAA flight director, in the same video.

The missions take eight to nine hours, he said. The planes fill a technology gap: By flying at low altitude, they provide information about hurricanes that isn’t available from ground-based radar or satellite information, according to NOAA.

Miss Piggy and Kermit have served on missions in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Arctic, Alaska, and Pacific.

Kermit, one of the “Hurricane Hunters” – Image: Wikimedia Commons

US research plane flies into eye of Hurricane Beryl

Cyclone “beryl“, which is progressing through the Caribbean, has gained strength and has been reclassified as a Category 5 – bigger on scale. This is the For the first time, a phenomenon of this type has reached the Caribbean region in June with such force.Which made the authorities predict a severe hurricane season in the region.

The hurricane has already left. Six dead after hitting the groundOne is in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, two are in Venezuela and three are in Grenada, both countries in the southeastern Caribbean, according to local authorities.

Classified as “extremely dangerous” by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Beryl Gained more strength than initially expected and more quickly.Wind speeds can reach 270 km/h.

Eye of Hurricane Beryl from space

During the week, the hurricane will continue to advance across the Caribbean. Towards the coast of MexicoHowever, the authorities He expected that the phenomenon would lose its strength as the days passed.. However, Alerts have been issued for Haiti, the Cayman Islands and Belize. And to the cities located in the southwest of the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Beryl seen from space – Image: Reproduction/Reuters

A NOAA aircraft flies into the eye of Hurricane Beryl, July 2, 2024. — Photo: NOAA

Boats pile up after Hurricane Beryl passes through Bridgetown, Barbados, on July 1, 2024. – Photo: Ricardo Mazalan/AP

Men pull a boat hit by Hurricane Beryl in Bridgetown, Barbados, July 1, 2024. – Photo: Ricardo Mazalan/AP

Hurricane Beryl Strengthens to Category 5

Beryl is the first of the region’s moderate hurricane season – which generally lasts from July to September – and Highest ever recorded in June in Caribbean history.

The hurricane began forming last week as an unstable storm and was gaining strength. See timeline:

  • 🌪️ June 25: Instability begins in the atmosphere, leading to the formation of a storm.
  • 🌪️ June 28: What was gaining strength is heading toward the Caribbean and is developing into a tropical storm. So far, the forecast is for winds of 56 kilometers per hour.
  • 🌪️ June 30: It began to be classified as a hurricane and entered Category 3 (from a rating of up to 5).
  • 🌪️ Still on June 30: It became a category 4 hurricane, with a severe warning, with winds reaching 240 km/h.
  • 🌪️ July 1: Reclassified to Category 5.

According to the National Hurricane Center, such a powerful storm at the beginning of the hurricane season, which runs from June to the end of November in the Atlantic Ocean, is extremely rare.

At the end of May, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared that this year’s hurricane season would be “exceptional,” with up to seven Category 3 storms or higher.

Projection shows Hurricane Beryl’s path across the Caribbean – Image: NHC/Reproduction

Caribbean islands brace for Hurricane Beryl with 195 km/h winds

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