Airplanes Can't Fly Through All Weather - Here's Why

Feb 17, 2015
The weather channel continues to woo its audiences with graphics that allow viewers to better understand elements of weather. In this case, the channel created a 3D graphic to model how the winds in a hurricane differ from those in a thunderstorm as well as how those wind patterns affect a flight. But as a viewer is watching this graphic, one begins to wonder, does anyone really fly into hurricanes?

The answer is a resounding yes. Since WWII, aircrews known as Hurricane Hunters have flown into cyclones to gather data. Even with satellites, the data needed, such as internal wind speed and barometric pressure, cannot be produced by simple images so these crews are still necessary. Since their advent, only five crews have been lost.
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