Miss Piggy and Kermit Helping Warn Us About Hurricanes
by Deirdre Blake
posted Jun 2 2014 10:48AM
Most of us think of Miss Piggy and Kermit from the Muppets, but there are also P3 Orion Aircraft in the sky this time of year by the same name.
They're owned by NOAA and are similar to a military style plane, but are equipped with weather tracking devices and radar. They are deployed off the coast of Virginia, Maine, North and South Carolina and Florida during hurricane season, which started yesterday.
The hurricane hunters study storms up close and use doplar weather radar. The info is transmitted real-time to the National Weather Service in Wakefield. It gives them an edge on the the latest on the storm and extra time to issue watches, warnings and evacuations.