Storm Center

Storm Center

A detailed look inside the core of a hurricane

By Sid Perkins, 15:57 PM April 15, 2008

Flying an aircraft through a hurricane is risky business, even if the plane is specially equipped for the job. In the hurricane's eye, skies are clear and calm prevails, but in the ring of intense storms surrounding the eye—the eyewall—rain falls in thick sheets and winds gust to 300 kilometers per hour.

In 2005, despite those perils, the pilots of three "hurricane-hunter" planes flew repeated missions into the cores of the monster storms Katrina and Rita as well as the much tamer Ophelia. Du...

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