NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It was a chance for the public to check out one of our biggest hurricane forecasting tools. The National Hurricane Center celebrated hurricane preparedness week by bringing their hurricane hunter aircraft to some of the cities most affected by the yearly storms.
School kids and adults alike are fascinated by the planes and the stories from the personnel that fly them. This year is special in that not only is the big C 130 based out of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi is on display, but also the G4 that gathers information at even higher altitudes.
In addition to the equipment being put on display, the top forecasters from the hurricane center in Miami were here in New Orleans to share their thoughts on the upcoming hurricane season.
"On a very personal and emotional level, getting ready for the next hurricane is important," said Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center. "For anybody who lives in a hurricane-prone area, the first step is evacuation planning. Find out today if you live in an evacuation zone and if you do figure out where would you go and how you would get there, if you were ever told to evacuate or better yet, when you are told to evacuate..it is a matter of when, not if.
One of the hot topics Wednesday was the relatively new addition of unmanned aircraft that are able to get information from even more dangerous parts of the storm.