The United States Weather Bureau and the Navy have been jointly operating Hurricane Hunter planes flying through Hurricane Betsy to plot her movement and speed.
Plane on ground
Plane takes off
Plane in air
Pilot works controls
Crew member at control board
2 shots, crew member looks out window and makes notes
Man adjusts instrument
Crew at posts
2 shots, navigator plots course
2 Crew members work radar scope
Radar scope turns
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Background: The United States Weather Bureau and the Navy have been jointly operating Hurricane Hunter planes flying through Hurricane Betsy to plot her movement and speed.
With the beginning of the fall tropical hurricane season the Hurricane Hunter service begins with planes equipped with weather recording data flying regular patrols in search of storms and then following them.
The plane in our film is based in Miami, Florida and is a joint Weather and Navy plane. This plane took off on September 7 and flew around and then through Hurricane Betsy, plotting all her actions as she moved southward over the Bahamas and then across the southern coast of Florida.
The National Hurricane Centre is based on the University of Miami campus at Coral Gables, a part of Miami. All weather data such as wind velocity, cloud formations, width of the "eye", and direction of the storm are radioed back to the Centre from the Hunter planes. The Centre then plots the storm and sends out advance warnings to ships and the land areas that lie in the path of the storm.
These planes fly at an altitude of ten thousand feet. Their large radar scans the horizon and plots the entire hurricane from that height.
The use of the Hunter planes has yielded a great deal of information to meteorologists who have been studying these storms for years without such knowledge the planes get from the inside of the storm. The advance warnings issued have saved countless lives in hurricane areas and allowed protective measures to be taken to save property.