Hurricane Irene

Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Hlavac, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron loadmaster, releases an airborne expendable bathythermograph over the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Irene August 27. Once it hits the water, the AXBT can measure ocean temperatures from the surface to depths of 800 or 900 meters. This experimental device, tested by members of the U.S. Naval Academy, is designed to feed data to weather models in real time so forecasters can make more accurate storm predictions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens)

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