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Blizzard of 2016Blizzard of 2016
Blizzard of 2016

A 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J aircraft flies through the record-setting Blizzard of 2016 the morning of Jan. 23, 2016. The crew gathered data on the storm for the National Weather Service. (US Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Monteleone)
Blizzard of 2016


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Posted: 1/25/2016

Blizzard of 2016Blizzard of 2016
Blizzard of 2016

Senior Master Sgt. Jay Latham logs information from a dropsonde released into the blizzard that impacted the East Coast Jan. 22-24, 2016. The dropsondes collect information on the storm's wind speed and direction, temperature and barometric pressure and the data is sent back to the National Hurricane Center where it is used in forecast models produced by the National Center for Environmental Prediction. (US Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Monteleone)
Blizzard of 2016


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Posted: 1/25/2016

Rokerthon 2Rokerthon 2
Rokerthon 2

Al Roker, TODAY Show weather anchor, delivers a weather report during a segment of the TODAY Show on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Nov. 11, 2015. Keesler was one stop during the show’s Rokerthon 2 as Roker attempts a world record by reporting national and local weather from all 50 states. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
Rokerthon 2


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Posted: 11/11/2015

Rokerthon 2Rokerthon 2
Rokerthon 2

Al Roker, TODAY Show weather anchor, takes a “selfie” with the 335th Training Squadron mascot, 81st Training Wing leadership and Airmen from the 81st Training Group and 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron following Roker’s weather report during a segment of the TODAY Show on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Nov. 11, 2015. Keesler was one stop during the show’s Rokerthon 2 as Roker attempts a world record by reporting national and local weather from all 50 states. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
Rokerthon 2


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Posted: 11/11/2015

Rokerthon 2Rokerthon 2
Rokerthon 2

Cols. Frank Amodeo, 403rd Wing commander and Michele Edmondson, 81st Training Wing commander, speak with Al Roker, TODAY Show weather anchor, following Roker’s weather report during a segment of the TODAY Show on the flight line at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Nov. 11, 2015. Keesler was one stop during the show’s Rokerthon 2 as Roker attempts a world record by reporting national and local weather from all 50 states. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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Posted: 11/11/2015

World record-breaking weather reportWorld record-breaking weather report
World record-breaking weather report

Al Roker, “TODAY” Show weatherman, poses with U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Capt. Kimberly Spusta, an aerial reconnaissance weather officer with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Roker did a forecast at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Nov. 11, 2015, in front of students from the 81st Weather Training Flight and a 403rd Wing WC-130J. As part of “Rokerthon 2,” the weatherman is doing a forecast from each of the 50 states in seven days and started Nov. 6, 2015. Last year, Roker earned a Guinness World Record title for the longest weather forecast even 34 hours straight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo)
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Posted: 11/11/2015

Hunting JoaquinHunting Joaquin
Hunting Joaquin

Tech. Sgt. Jenna Daniel, a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron loadmaster, logs information on a dropsonde to be dropped in the eye wall of Hurricane Joaquin during a mission into the storm Oct. 2, 2015. Hurricane Joaquin was downgraded to a Catergory 3 storm. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Nicholas Monteleone)
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Posted: 10/3/2015

Hurricane Katrina: A Look BackHurricane Katrina: A Look Back
Hurricane Katrina: A Look Back

Master Sgt. Jeff Stack, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron loadmaster, holds a dropsonde while inside a WC-130J, Aug. 26, 2015, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Stack flew several missions tracking Hurricane Katrina before it devastated the Gulf Coast. The dropsonde is one of the primary tools the Hurricane Hunters use to accurately track and collect data on tropical storms and hurricanes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)
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Posted: 9/2/2015

War on WeatherWar on Weather
War on Weather

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, or "Hurricane Hunters," is an Air Force Reserve unit assigned to the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The unit provides meteorological data to the National Hurricane Center in Miami to improve their forecasts. While the squadron is aligned under AFRC, weather reconnaissance taskings originate at the NHC, which falls, not under the Department of Defense, but the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force graphic)
War on Weather


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Posted: 9/1/2015

Hurricane Hunters award Swan 38 Memorial ScholarshipHurricane Hunters award Swan 38 Memorial Scholarship
Hurricane Hunters award Swan 38 Memorial Scholarship

Lt. Col. Matthew Muha, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron commander, presents a Swan 38 Memorial Scholarship check to Senior Master Sgt. Joey York, 41st Aerial Port Squadron first sergeant, whose son, Michael, was selected for the $1,000 award. The annual award is designed to acknowledge outstanding students in the 403rd Wing, or dependents of 403rd Wing members, by providing them financial assistance for higher education. The memorial scholarship is named after the 54th WRS crew with the call sign “Swan 38,” which disappeared without a trace over the Pacific Ocean October 12, 1974. Michael is currently a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens)
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Posted: 10/4/2014

Hunting OdileHunting Odile
Hunting Odile

Lt. Col. Brian Schroeder, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer, collects data on Hurricane Odile Sept. 14, 2014. The Hurricane Hunters collect weather data for the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, which assists them with their forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick Monteleone)
Hunting Odile


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Posted: 9/15/2014

Hurricane Hunters assist navy with researchHurricane Hunters assist navy with research
Hurricane Hunters assist navy with research

Master Sgt. Troy Bickham, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron loadmaster and dropsonde operator, pulls the handle on the launch adapter to release an Airborne/Air Expendable Bathythermograph, or AXBT, buoy used by the U.S. Navy to collect the salinity and water temperature during a flight through Hurricane Iselle off the coast of Hawaii Aug. 7, 2014. The 53rd WRS “Hurricane Hunters” and 403rd Wing maintenance personnel deployed to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to fly storm missions into Hurricanes Iselle and Julio to gather data to assist the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center with their forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jessica Kendziorek)
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Posted: 8/11/2014

    

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