2017 Hurricane Awareness Tour

NOAA aircraft on the tarmac
NOAA P3 “Kermit” on the tarmac at HAT 2017

On Friday, May 12th, the 2017 Hurricane Awareness Tour wrapped up its week-long swing along the East Coast at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami.  The Opa Locka airport facility hosted NOAA42 “Kermit” as well as two U.S. Air Force Reserve’s C-130s, from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron “Hurricane Hunters.”  Tours of the aircraft were given by the aircrews.  In addition, a number of local organizations, including the National Weather Service, the Red Cross, Florida International University’s Wall of Wind, Miami-Dade County Emergency Management, and AOML, sponsored exhibits in the nearby hangar to promote hurricane preparedness.

AOML table at hurricane awareness tour
(l to r) Sierra Sarkis, Kathryn Sellwood, Stan Goldenberg, Heather Holbach, Andy Hagen (NWS)

At our tables, we offered a variety of posters, flyers, and other handouts, explaining our efforts in both hurricane research and physical oceanography.  As visual aids, we had models of the NOAA P3 and G-IV aircraft, an Ocean Drifter, and the Sea Glider.  On hand to explain all of these items to a myriad of school children and members of the press and public, were Heather Holbach, Kathryn Sellwood, Marlos Goes, Stan Goldenberg, Erica Rule, Sierra Sarkis, Jun Zhang, and Neal Dorst.

AOML table at HAT 2017
(l to r) Marlos Goes and Jun Zhang