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  • Hurricane Hunters train over Gulf of Mexico

    Tech. Sgt. Larry Banks, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron loadmaster, prepares to drop a simulated buoy from a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft March 19, 2020, off the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The Hurricane Hunters train all year to maintain readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry Banks)

  • Hurricane Hunter squared

    “I can think back to when I was in pre-school,” said Ashley Lundry. “It’s one of those vague memories that you have. I remember one of the local meteorologists coming into my pre-school class, and she brought a board that had the magnetic weather symbols and talked about the weather. It was a female

  • Hurricane Hunters fly Winter Storm

    The United States Air Force Reserve 403rd Wing’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, also known as the Hurricane Hunters, flew their first Winter Storm of the season Feb. 26. A WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft departed Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. midday to fly the Western Atlantic Flight Track,

  • Hurricane Hunters fly Atmospheric Rivers

    The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, commonly known as the Hurricane Hunters, are the cornerstone for data gathering efforts within storm environments. When they’re not flying into hurricanes they are providing aerial weather reconnaissance for atmospheric rivers over the Pacific Ocean.

  • Leaving a legacy

    Lt. Col. David Price, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron evaluator navigator, retires after 35 years of service.

  • 53rd WRS reflect on 2019 Hurricane season

    Andrea, Barry, Dorian, Fernand, Humberto, Jerry, Karen, Lorena, Nestor and Olga. At first glance one may think this is a list popular baby names for the year, but in fact they’re the names of nine storms the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew into during this year’s hurricane season. The 2019

  • NOAA, NHC visit 53rd WRS Hurricane Hunters

    From the outside looking in, hurricane forecasts seem fairly simplistic. On any given local weather station, they show either a spaghetti model or a more conical shaped model predicting a storm’s path and intensity. There might be a high or low pressure system animated into the graphic as well

  • Air Force Reserve, Navy hunt hurricanes

    The U.S. Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters" work with the U.S. Naval Academy to "hunt" hurricanes, collecting pertinent data for the National Hurricane Center to use in their forecast models.The Hurricane Hunters fly through tropical storms that present a

  • Hurricane Hunters finish flying Dorian

    Over the last two weeks the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, have flown 25 missions in support of Hurricane Dorian.

  • Flying Tropical Storm Dorian

    Three WC-130J’s and one C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 403rd Wing departed Keesler Air Force Base Monday for Curaçao to provide weather reconnaissance support for Tropical Storm Dorian.